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Shoplifting Suspect Attacks Westport Officers After Chase Ends In Crash

The suspect crashed his car on Imperial Avenue near the river, police said.
The suspect crashed his car on Imperial Avenue near the river, police said. Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A man suspected of stealing a pair of glasses from a Westport store Wednesday morning led police on a high speed chase through the center of town that ended with him crashing his car near a river and attacking two officers, according to police.

At around 9:30 a.m. police were dispatched to OptiCare on Post Road East to check on the welfare of a man in the store who appeared disoriented, police said. While officers were en route to the store, they learned that the man, later identified as 44-year-old Tracy Edwards of Bridgeport, had stolen a pair of glasses and left the store, police said. When they arrived, the officers saw Edwards leaving the scene in a gray Pontiac, traveling at a high rate of speed, according to police.

Police pursued the car westbound on Post Road East. It traveled through the center of town at a high rate of speed, at which point police terminated the pursuit because it was too dangerous, police said.

A short time later, officers located the suspect vehicle on Imperial Avenue, where it crashed near the river, police said. Edwards was seen running from the crash and a foot chase ensued, according to police.

Officers caught up with Edwards on Imperial Avenue near Baker Avenue, at which point he actively resisted arrest and began punching and kicking the officers, according to police. They were able to take control of him and take him into custody. Police said that one officer suffered an injury to his face while the other suffered a hand injury. Both injuries appear to be minor, police said.

Police said that Edwards was taken to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation based on his behavior. Once he is released, police said he will be charged with larceny, engaging in pursuit and assault on an officer. Other charges may arise as the investigation continues, police said.

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