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PD: Man arrested after crashing car into Ansonia home following police chase

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ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)– A man was arrested after allegedly crashing his car into an Ansonia home and fleeing the scene, following a brief police chase in Derby on Monday afternoon.

Police say that just before noon, Derby officers attempted to stop a car with a stolen registration plate affixed to it. The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Eric Ricitelli, of Ansonia, refused to pull over and engaged police in a brief pursuit.

Derby police say that they immediately terminated that chase and that Ricitelli continued into Ansonia, where he drove at a high speed the wrong way down Columbia Avenue.

Ricitelli then failed to negotiate a turn and struck the curb at 35 Platt St, before the car rolled over into the yard and hit the home.

Ricitelli, who was the only occupant, fled the scene south on Columbia Street.

Ansonia police say that an officer located Ricitelli on Main Street, bleeding from the mouth. He was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for his injuries.

Eric Ricitelli (Credit: Ansonia PD)

Ricitelli who was also allegedly in possession of a crack pipe, was charged with evading responsibility, reckless driving, theft of license plate, misuse of plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, no insurance, wrong way on a one way street and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to police, no one was home at the time of the crash and the home received minimal damage.

WEB EXTRA: Surveillance video of crash

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