NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – State police arrested a man who led officers on a high-speed chase spanning three states Wednesday.
Ian Grant, 36, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was taken into custody after crashing his white pickup truck into the woods off Route 2 in North Stonington, Connecticut State Police said.
Police said officers started pursuing Grant in New Bedford, Massachusetts, after learning he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for assault and intimidation of a witness.
Massachusetts State Police troopers caught up with Grant on I-195 West in Westport, where they deployed stop sticks in an attempt to end the chase. The suspect avoided them by driving over the median, according to police. Grant hit two Massachusetts State Police cruisers that were parked in the median before continuing the wrong way onto I-195 East.
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Troopers said the pursuit picked back up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where Grant’s pickup was spotted by officers on Route 1. The chase continued through Charlestown and into Westerly before veering onto Route 78 and towards Connecticut.
Law enforcement was ultimately able to stop Grant by using a pit maneuver, according to Connecticut State Police.
Since the suspect was believed to be armed, a Rhode Island State Police tactical team surrounded his vehicle with their guns drawn. After deploying pepper spray and tear gas, officers pulled him out of the vehicle from the driver’s side window and took him into custody.
“Grant was believed to be armed,” Connecticut State Police Trooper First Class Pedro Muñiz said. “Right now, we believe to find firearms in the vehicle. We just have to take the proper steps. Get a search warrant to get into the vehicle to secure any weapons.”
Grant was taken into custody on Route 2, just north of I-95 in North Stonington, around 2 p.m. as a fugitive of justice. He is being held on an $800,000 cash or surety bond at the Corrigan Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center on charges related to the pursuit.
No one else was involved or injured in the chase.