NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Naugatuck police arrested a teen in connection to a crash that injured an officer on Tuesday evening.
Police responded to a “ping” for a stolen 2019 Audi A5 in the area of 50 Elm St. in Naugatuck around 4:30 p.m. An officer located the Audi and radioed for assistance, but as the officer drove up to the car, it fled the scene.
A second officer, Hailey Zarzuela, heard the request for assistance and responded to the scene, but the Audi emerged from a row of bushes and struck her cruiser, disabling it. Debris from the impact struck pedestrians in the area, police said.
The stolen Audi continued in the direction of downtown Naugatuck before the suspect abandoned the car and began to flee on foot. Police apprehended the suspect, a 15-year-old boy, and took him into custody.
See dash cam footage from the cruiser below:
Police determined the Audi was stolen from Avon on Monday.
Officer Zarzuela sustained injuries to her arm and leg and was transported to Waterbury Hospital, police said. She was treated and released that night.
The juvenile was transported to Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center ahead of his appearance at Waterbury Juvenile Court.
He was charged with the following: criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree, larceny in the first degree by possession, assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer, evading responsibility, reckless driving, and operating without a license.
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