DATE: November 5, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Pursuit/Arrest
ISSUED BY: Captain Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.
DARIEN, CT - At approximately 2:21 pm the Connecticut State Police relayed information to this agency that a motorist traveling south on I-95 reportedly observed a second vehicle traveling in the same direction with what appeared to be fresh damage to its exterior. The complainant relayed that once alongside the damaged vehicle she observed that it was occupied by several male passengers and it appeared that one of them was holding a gun to the head of the female operator as it exited I-95 in Darien at exit 11.
Darien Police Department dispatch personnel immediately broadcasted this information not only to all on duty Darien Police officers, but also to our neighboring law enforcement partners. A short time later while searching for the suspect vehicle, Darien Police Officer Kelly Thurston observed a vehicle matching the given description re-entering I-95 northbound at entrance #11 in Darien. Once on the highway in the area of Exit #13 Ofc. Thurston activated her emergency lights and siren in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle pulled to the right shoulder of I-95 but then increased its speed in an attempt to elude the officer.
As the vehicle continued northbound on I-95, the Connecticut State Police indicated that they had located the vehicle on surveillance cameras and relayed it had exited I-95 at exit #17 and the occupants were attempting to run from the vehicle. Darien officers along with Darien Detectives and Connecticut State Troopers arrived on scene and took all parties into custody.
During the investigation, the possession of a firearm by any involved party was not corroborated. Subsequently the driver was arrested for several charges and one of the passengers was as well. Three of the passengers were not arrested and were released from the scene:
Danielle Green DOB 3/1/79
76 Eastover St. Waterbury, CT
Charges: 14-223(b) Engaging Police in Pursuit
14-227a- Driving While Intoxicated
14-215a- Operating under Suspension
Jonathan Neves DOB 9/12/87
29 Rockhust Dr Waterbury, CT
Charges: 21a-279(a) – Possession of Narcotics
21a-267(a) – Drug Paraphernalia
The Darien Police Department would like to extend appreciation to several agencies that assisted in this effort today including the Connecticut State Police, the Westport Police Department, the Norwalk Police Department, and the Department of Motor Vehicles Police Department. As usual, the support we receive from our neighboring agencies is nothing short of fantastic. Be safe all, and thank you