Meriden Man Tried to Run Over Officer, Fled Police: State Police

Connecticut State Police

A Meriden man is accused of trying to run over a police officer and fleeing from police after an incident at Mohegan Sun Saturday.

Connecticut State Police said they arrested 22-year-old Justin Eccleston after a high-speed car chase.

State police said their involvement began when Mohegan Tribal Police reported that a suspect, later identified as Eccleston, in an assault investigation attempted to run over one of their officers with an SUV.

State police spotted the suspect’s vehicle on I-395 and followed it down Route 2 west. Police said the vehicle reached speeds over 100 mph while driving in a posted 55, and ran stop signs during the pursuit.

The suspect eventually exited the highways and crashed into a tree on Waterman Road in Lebanon. According to police, officers found a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Eccleston was taken to the local hospital for possible injuries from the crash and arrested upon his release. He was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, and drug charges. He was held on a $25,000 bond.

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