BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A suspect in an open Bridgeport homicide case was arrested after a routine traffic stop turned into a motor vehicle pursuit through the streets of the city, police said in a statement.
The incident began at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when police officers attempted to pull over a red Toyota Corolla that ran a stop sign on Park Avenue near the intersection with Benham Avenue, police said.
The driver, Cewell Sharpe, 32, pulled over momentarily and then quickly sped off, police said.
Officers pursued as the car traveled south on Park Avenue, then east on Harral Avenue, and then south on Coleman Street, police said.
As the Toyota approached a red traffic signal on Coleman Street at Washington Avenue, it swerved right and struck a parked, unoccupied Chevy, police said.
The Toyota then crossed over Washington Avenue and onto the Route 8-25 Connector southbound, police said.
Sharpe drove on on the right shoulder, then cut off numerous vehicles on the extreme left side to head for I-95 north, police said.
Upon reaching the I-95 entrance ramp, Sharpe slammed on the brakes in an apparent attempt to make the cruiser strike the Toyota, police said.
The officer swerved but collided with the Toyota, police said, and both cars slammed head-on into the center concrete barrier.
Officers took Sharpe and the front seat passenger into custody without incident, police said. The passenger was released without charges.
The police officer driving the car involved in the collision was injured and transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Sharpe of Bridgeport was charged with operating with a suspended license, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, failure to obey a stop sign, and violating conditions of a release in connection with the Wednesday incident.
In addition, Sharpe was out on bond for two arrests that occurred on May 7 when he was charged with larceny, interfering with police, possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
Police called Sharpe "a suspect in an open homicide" in the city but did not give details on that crime.
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