Wild Crash Ends With Arrest of Wanted Man in Hartford

A wanted man was captured in Hartford after a wild crash that ended with the suspect's car hitting a house.

Police and firefighters responded to New Britain Avenue near Zion Street just after 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a call of a person possibly in medical distress in a parked minivan.

When officers arrived, the person woke up and then took off, hitting a fire truck as he sped away, according to police.

The driver crashed the minivan into a utility pole and a tow truck and eventually crashed into a house by New Britain Avenue and Nepaug Street.

"I got hit.  The truck rolled over.  Thank God I'm alive," Christian Veres, the tow truck's driver, said.  "He was right in front of me.  Cops went up to him drawing their guns and I didn't do anything.  I let the cops handle it." 

Police took the driver into custody and identified him as 24-year-old Joseph Barreto.

Barreto was wanted for a fatal hit-and-run crash at Ward Street and Zion Street that occurred on February 19. He was also wanted for a shooting incident on Tuesday.

The minivan Barreto crashed on Saturday was stolen, according to police.  Officers also found a loaded weapon in the vehicle, they said.

The minivan with Barreto inside had been there since early morning, according to Darnell Tinsley, the man who called 911 to alert police.

"I'm happy I called.  It's good to get the guy off the streets because that's not somebody we want to have in our community," Tinsley said.

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