New London Man Restraining Woman in Car Leads Police on Chase

Kevin Smith2
Shelton Police Department

A New London man allegedly led police on a pursuit while restraining his passenger in the car, police said. 

On Monday, New London Police said they got multiple calls about a man driving erratically in the Ocean Avenue area near Toby May Field around 4:30 p.m.

One caller told police they saw a female passenger being pulled back into the car when she attempted to get out of the car, New London Police said. 

Police pulled over the car near Montauk Avenue and School Street, but when officers started approaching the idle vehicle, the woman tried to escape and the operator sped off, forcing her to get back in and shut the car door, according to officials. 

The operator engaged officers in a pursuit on Montauk Avenue to Glenwood Avenue before colliding into two cars at Ocean Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, police said.

Kevin Smith, 32, was finally stopped on Dimmock Road near Goundry Drive and taken into custody, police said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Smith was charged with breach of peace, unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, reckless driving, engaging an officer in pursuit, evading responsibility, and operating without a license.

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