Connecticut State Police Cruiser Crashes in Pursuit of Kidnapping Suspect

Connecticut State Police Cruiser Involved in crash During Kidnapping Pursuit in Mystic

A Connecticut State Police cruiser was involved in a crash in Mystic on Sunday night while assisting in the pursuit of a kidnapping suspect. The incident occurred at the intersection of Route 27 and Coogan Boulevard.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Seth Parenteau from Southbridge, MA, was being pursued into Connecticut from Rhode Island. Stonington police reported that the trooper crashed into another vehicle as they traveled south on Route 27 after exiting Interstate 95 at exit 90.

Deputy Chief Todd Olson of the Stonington Police Department stated, “After the collision, the Connecticut State Police cruiser veered into the Seaport Shell gas station parking lot and came to a stop after hitting an unoccupied parked vehicle.” Both the trooper and the driver of the second vehicle involved were transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for treatment and were later released.

Stonington police patrol units responded to the crash scene and activated the department’s accident reconstruction unit. The investigation into the crash was still ongoing as of Monday morning.

According to Deputy Chief Todd Olson, the Connecticut State Police cruiser was part of a motor vehicle pursuit that originated in Rhode Island. Rhode Island State Police alerted the authorities in Southbridge, MA, about Parenteau and the kidnapping incident at around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Rhode Island State Police reported, “The vehicle involved was described as a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with Massachusetts registration 2MED54 and was driven by Seth Parenteau, 40 years old, from Southbridge. Troopers spotted the vehicle on Route 95 South in Providence and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The suspect vehicle fled southbound, briefly entering Connecticut before returning to Rhode Island. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Church Street in Richmond without incident.”

Contrary to initial reports, Rhode Island Troopers clarified that the suspect vehicle did not crash. Parenteau was taken into custody, evaluated at Westerly Hospital, and later transported to Rhode Island State Police Headquarters. He was arraigned on charges of eluding, reckless driving, child endangerment, and obstruction, and is being held on $6,000 surety bail.

A juvenile who was in the suspect’s vehicle was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for evaluation and was subsequently released to a representative from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

The crash and the pursuit are still under investigation, and more details are expected to emerge as authorities continue their efforts to piece together the events leading up to the incident.

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