Teens arrested in connection to attempt to steal police cruiser, strike officers in West Haven

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Two suspects are in custody after two officers were injured when they were struck by a stolen police cruiser in West Haven on Wednesday.

Police say that at around 11:15 a.m., officers responded to a stolen vehicle that was seen exiting Interstate 95 by exit 43. According to police, that vehicle had been used in multiple robberies and purse snatches along the shoreline over the past several days.

Officers then attempted to stop the vehicle on Campbell Avenue. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Spring Street, the driver collided with several vehicles at the intersection.

Police say the driver then fled on foot and while officers chased that suspect, the second occupant of the vehicle was apprehended. The driver then returned and entered a West Haven Police cruiser, where he reversed the vehicle, striking several officers.

According to police, the suspect then accelerated the cruiser forward, which narrowly missed running over another officer who was able to get out of the way.

The suspect then drove the cruiser through a fence at the Oak Grove cemetery before he attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was taken into custody.

Police say that both suspects were juveniles, 15 and 16-year-old males. They have not been identified and the charges they face have not been released.

Two West Haven officers were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

A witness on scene was able to take a video of the incident. You can watch it above.

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