A Bridgeport man was taken into custody by Weston Police after leading officers on a chase through Redding and Weston during which he damaged two Redding Police cruisers, "shaking up" the officer inside one of them, and resisted arrest, according to Chief Douglas Fuchs.
On Friday, July 13, around 6 p.m., officers responded to reports of two separate motor vehicle accidents which the driver, Jamie Gonzalez, allegedly attempted to evade. Redding Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Newtown Turnpike, south of the Weston town line. Gonzalez then allegedly backed up into a Redding Police cruiser, causing "significant front-end damage," according to Fuchs.
"Redding Police officers then attempted to take the suspect into custody. In the process, this suspect punched out a side window of another Redding Police cruiser," Fuchs wrote in a press release. "After a short foot chase, during which time the suspect resisted officers, the suspect eventually was subdued by the use of a Taser," which was deployed by an officer of the Redding Police Department, according to Detective Karl Filsinger of the Weston Police Department.
Fuchs said the Redding Police Department has enough cruisers for patrol purposes, but not for side jobs, like directing traffic, The Redding Pilots reports.
Charges are pending for Gonzalez, who was taken to Norwalk Hospital following the incident.