A Norwalk police officer was injured when a suspect in a car theft rammed into the police cruiser, according to the police department.
Patrol officers responded to Assisi Way at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a car theft and an officer saw the stolen Chevy pickup going south on the Route 7 connector, then get onto Interstate 95 south and stop on the exit 14 off-ramp, police said.
As the officer pulled behind the stolen vehicle, the driver of truck accelerated backward and into the front of the police car, police said.
The officer sustained minor injuries from the crash.
The officer put on the lights and siren, but the driver fled. Because of damage from the crash, the police car was disabled and the officer lost sight of the stolen truck, police said.
More officers responded and tried to stop the truck on Flax Hill Road, but the driver did not pull over and drove directly at a marked police car, police said.
The officer was able to swerve and avoid a crash and the chase continued until the truck crashed into a parked car in the Rowayton Woods complex on Highland Avenue, but the driver then ran, police said.
Officers ran after the driver, but lost sight of him on Possum Circle.
Then a Westport Police K9 also assisted with the search, but did not locate the driver.
Police continue to investigate and anyone with information is asked to call Norwalk detectives at 203-854-3011 or call the Norwalk Police tip line at 203-854-3111.
Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website www.norwalkpd.com as well or by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).