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Teen In Aunt's Lexus Leads Police On High-Speed Chase Through Darien

A teen in his aunt's Lexus led police on a high-speed chase down I-95 and through Darien.
A teen in his aunt's Lexus led police on a high-speed chase down I-95 and through Darien. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

DARIEN, Conn. -- A 16-year-old who took his aunt's Lexus from their home in North Haven led police on a pursuit that reached up to 80 mph in a 30 mph zone in Darien before he was finally arrested in Norwalk.

Just before 3 a.m. state police were advised that the 16-year-old had taken the car and was driving south on I-95. The teen's aunt told police that the car was not stolen and the teen was not missing, but said he didn't have a license or permission to use the car. She was tracking his phone using a "Find My Phone" app.

A few minutes later a state trooper saw the car drive past exit 16 in Norwalk, driving between 86 to 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said. The trooper pulled the car over, but as he got out and approached the car, it sped off down I-95, police said. The trooper began to chase it, and saw it get off exit 13 in Darien and turn right onto Route 1.

The teen in the Lexus sped through two red lights and reached speeds of about 80 mph in a 30 mph zone it continued up Route 1 into Norwalk, according to police. The trooper eventually contacted Troop G and stopped the pursuit, as the Lexus kept driving on Route 1.

The 16-year-old was eventually stopped at the entrance ramp at exit 14 and taken into custody. He was charged with interfering with law enforcement, second-degree reckless endangerment, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was released to the custody of his guardian and will appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven.

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