A teen who fled from police who were patrolling a burglarized property in New Haven and crashed into a bodega ended up admitting to police that he was the one who broke into that property, police said.
Police were patrolling near 24 River St. in New Haven, which had been burglarized earlier this week, when a driver sped through the parking lot and left upon seeing police, authorities said.
Officers tried to pull the driver over, but he led them on a pursuit and ultimately crashed into the G Mini-Mart bodega at 606 Ferry St., police said.
He and his passenger ran off, police said. The building had minor damages from the crash and the car knocked down utility wires, police said.
Police searched for the two occupants on foot and apprehended them a short time later, police said.
It turned out the car had been stolen in North Haven, police said, so the teen driver was charged with stealing the car, engaging officers in a pursuit, operating without a license, interfering and several other motor vehicle violations.
The passenger, who had left a group home in East Haven on Oct. 12, faces similar charges.
An officer who noticed the teen had cuts on his hands asked if they came from the crash and the teen admitted that he had cut himself when he broke into 24 River Street this past weekend, police said.
Police are still investigating his connection to the unrelated burglary.