Police investigating wrong-way driver

First responders at the scene of a crash on I-95. Police were chasing a suspect who attempted to enter the highway the wrong-way onto Exit 32 before crashing. No serious injuries were reported.

Police from several departments are continuing to investigate a wrong-way chase on I-95 that ended when a northbound vehicle crashed into southbound traffic at the top of the ramp from West Broad Street Tuesday, Jan. 8.

As part of an ongoing investigation, members of the Bridgeport narcotics squad observed a transaction and attempted to pull over a Nissan Pathfinder in the area of Fairfield Avenue.

“Investigators had information that the vehicle contained drugs and possibly a gun,” according to a release.

When police attempted to pulled the Pathfinder over, the driver accelerated and drove north on I-95, getting off Exit 31 in Stratford.

He then circled onto I-95 south, driving north. The driver attempted to exit the highway using the Exit 32 entrance ramp, but sideswiped a car pulling onto the highway.

The Pathfinder came to rest on an embankment, and the suspect fled on foot. He was apprehended by police.

Police recovered narcotics  and a Taser-type stun gun, according to State Police.

State Police are investigating the accident.

Bridgeport Police, who are handling the drug case, have charged the man with possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment and engaging police in a pursuit.

Stratford Police joined Bridgeport officers and state troopers, closing the onramp while dozens of police and firefighters worked on the scene.

Traffic was backed up as drivers could not get on the highway from West Broad Street, and others got off Linden Avenue to escape the backup on the highway.

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