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Woman Leads Darien Police On High Speed Pursuit; Arrested In Stamford Attic

Anne Plourde
Anne Plourde Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. -- A woman who led Darien Police on a high speed chase up to 75 miles per hour on the Post Road early Monday was arrested a little more than 12 hours later squatting in the attic of a home under renovation in Stamford.

Darien Police said an officer on patrol on Noroton Avenue noticed a tan Mercury Sable make a prohibited left turn on to Hecker Avenue around 1:20 a.m. The driver - later identified as Anne Nicole Plourde, 36, of 121 Dowd Ave., Canton, - said she didn't have a driver's license and instead handed the officer her debit card with her name on it. She said she and her two companions - a woman in the front passenger seat who said she was the owner of the 1999 Sable and an unidentified man in the rear - had just returned from shopping in New York City.

The female passenger said she had turned over the vehicle to Plourde to drive because she was tired. When told the license plate didn't match the vehicle the owner insisted it did and produced a bill of sale for the car showing it was purchased on Nov. 23.

Police also discovered that Plourde had a suspended license. As more officers arrived, Plourde drove away leading police on a nearly two-mile pursuit on the Post Road towards Stamford that reached speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. Police called off the pursuit as it reached the Stamford line and notified Stamford Police and State Police about the vehicle and the pursuit.

Monday afternoon a neighbor alerted Stamford Police to a broken window at 1054 Cove Road on a home that was undergoing renovations and was supposed to be empty. The neighbor said that the tan Mercury Sable car in the driveway didn't belong there, Stamford Police said.

Police searched the residence and discovered Plourde allegedly hiding in the attic of the home that's been under renovation since last April, police said. They also found canned food and candles leading them to believe the home had been occupied for some time, possibly by more than one person. The man and the woman mentioned in the Darien Police report were not in the residence.Stamford Police said thewoman gave police little information and she was taken to Stamford Hospital's emergency department because she appeared to be ill, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said.

Stamford Police charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespass. Her bond was set at $10,000.

She was charged by Darien Police with interfering with an officer, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle

Police also discovered there were four warrants for her for failing to appear on charges from throughout the state.

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