you decide has Norwalk police used poor judgement before
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#1 Feb 4, 2012
NORWALK, Conn.– A woman accused of causing a three-car collision on Interstate 95 in Norwalk on Wednesday was being followed by Norwalk police before she got on the highway, Mayor Richard Moccia said. Police suspected Rachel Wood, 31, of Bridgeport, was involved in a drug deal shortly before the accident.
"They observed a drug deal, they followed her up onto 95 and they were in the process of wondering if they should start the chase," Moccia said Friday. "We have the tape. The sergeant said disengage, don't enter a high pursuit. Matter of fact, when they tracked her down after the accident, she then said police were not chasing her."
State police said that when Wood got on the southbound side of the highway at Exit 15, the 2004 Toyota Solara she was driving hit the side of a vehicle in the far right lane. That vehicle hit a box truck in the middle lane. The box truck flipped over, hit the concrete barrier and caught fire. Its driver was seriously injured and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition the next day. Three other people were taken to Norwalk Hospital, were treated and released.
Traffic was backed up for miles. Wood was arrested at 92 Cedar St. about two-and-a-half hours later, at 7:55 p.m. She said she was smoking crack, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. She was charged with two counts of failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and operating on a suspended/revoked license.
"She was smoking crack," Moccia said. "We never entered a high speed chase with her. We observed what we thought was a drug deal going down, followed her onto 95."
#2 Feb 4, 2012
NORWALK -- A carjacker who stole two cars Tuesday morning and is
suspected in an early-morning home invasion, crashed into a telephone
pole in Weston during a police pursuit and died.
The police chase began at 9:22 a.m. when an elderly woman reported that
a man stole her 1991 Mercury Sable station wagon at knifepoint from the
Rowayton Community Center on Highland Avenue, said Norwalk police
spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto.
Norwalk police had been searching for a suspect matching the description
of the carjacker since about 12:45 a.m. when they received a report that
a man ran into a home on Old Field Place in Rowayton and stole a woman's
purse. Police used a Darien K-9 unit to search for the suspect, but
could not locate
A Connecticut State Police sergeant inspects the wreckage after a
suspect in a Norwalk carjacking crashed a car on Weston Road in Weston
Tuesday morning.(Chris Preovolos/Staff photo)him.
The suspect matched an earlier description of a man involved in an
attempted carjacking in Easton. The suspect was described as a white
male, about 18 to 25 years old with brown curly hair, tattoos on his
upper body, white sneakers and a large laceration on his left forearm.
Police said the man was carrying a knife and was known to use narcotics.
The suspect was also wanted by police in Easton, Newtown and Redding.
Norwalk police spotted the elderly woman's car near the Roodner Court
public housing complex in South Norwalk at about 10 a.m. and the man
took off driving south on Woodward Avenue at a high rate of speed, Cotto
said. The man had to double back on Woodward travelling north and led
police to Interstate
#3 Feb 4, 2012
Even when necessary, a high-speed police pursuit is a "very dangerous"
undertaking, according to one former Norwalk police officer.
Pat Morris, now a professor of criminal justice at Sacred Heart
University, was a member of the Norwalk Police Department for 26 years
before moving into academia four years ago.
Morris was involved in "a number of pursuits" while serving Norwalk,
both as a pursuit driver and as a supervisor to a high-speed chase like
the one that began in South Norwalk on Tuesday.
"Assessments on any pursuit are made by the supervisor, and it's policy
in Norwalk -- and the standard in most cities -- that the supervisor
makes ongoing assessment of safety versus capturing the suspect. Speed
is certainly a factor in any pursuit, and I can almost guarantee if the
pursuit goes on, the (pursuing) officers ask the supervisor about speed
and traffic. The main concern is we don't want to injure the public."
With safety in mind, and with numerous deaths around the country to
citizens not involved in the pursuit, Morris said there is no longer an
at-all-costs element to such pursuits.
"As a supervisor, I started to break off more and more pursuits," Morris
said. "There's a lot of liability involved. We did have several serious
crimes, and certain crimes seem to justify the pursuit. This crime
(Tuesday) was very serious."
Morris referred to the knife-wielding Samuel Marino, 26, who led three
departments on a three-town chase that ended with Marino crashing the
second vehicle he had carjacked in Weston, killing himself.
Jim McCabe left the New York City Police Department after 21 years
before joining the criminal justice faculty at Sacred Heart. Among the
positions McCabe held with the NYPD were commanding officer of the
training bureau and commanding officer of the 110th Precinct in Queens.
"In New York City, with the population density and traffic conditions,
(high-speed pursuits) were frowned upon," McCabe said. "But when a
weapon's been involved, pursuits were allowed to continue."
McCabe said that letting up on the speed of the pursuit can actually
help with apprehension.
"When you pull off the pursuit, the suspect let's up a little," McCabe
said. "If he doesn't see all those lights in his rear-view mirror, he
senses he can get away. That's one of the tactics to use, and (the
suspects decreased speed) may allow other measures to be used."
Morris added that spike strips "have a use, but it's limited" in an area
as congested as Fairfield County.
"It's difficult to use (spike strips) in any kind of (heavy) traffic,"
#4 Feb 4, 2012
last chase ended in front of the police station,oh how we forget the past
#5 Feb 19, 2012
any word on the law suit against Norwalk,that high speed chase called off 20 seconds before impact on the highway was simply pitifull.
#6 Feb 20, 2012
YOU COULD DO MUCH BETTER. I HOPE YOU RUN FOR OFFICE!!
PS: NO ONE CARES ABOUT THESE RETARDED, MEANINGLESS POSTS
#7 Feb 20, 2012
anyone could do better,but if I was a lawyer working on the accident it would be nice to hang the city because of poor training poor leadership.You play into this person by giving them credit that needs no credit.I enjoy the posts its history in the making.Why not defend the Mayor and his staff it seems they have you as a supporter why not tell us about the great things the city has done to protect the public.I'm sure that poor truck driver who was nearly killed will come back to Norwalk buy a home and vote Moccia once the suit has been disposed of and a handsome award.
I suppose we will hear about the high speed chase that started in front of the Norwalk police station went on the highhway,Westport police threw out stop sticks and caught a 1/2 dozen cars on 95 by accident and ended up paying for new tires once the victims heard Norwalk had no charges against the driver that deserved the chase from the start.Needless to say Westport was pissed for a while after that fiasco.I doubt if that would be the next post tho it was more comical than most of those stupid post I guess.
Why would anyone think there was a pattern under the direction of Rilling and Moccia?
I'm sure most out of state readers will read this thread and doubt if Norwalk really exists by content of te postings.
Since: May 10
#8 Feb 20, 2012
this is too funny Robtard you talking about useless and meaningless posts the queen of the useless and meaningless posts. We are in tears laughing hysterically at your ignorance robtard.
#9 Feb 20, 2012
IT MAKES SENSE, YOU ALWAYS POST GAY SPAM.
GLAD WE CURED YOU OF YOUR "ALL CAPS" PROBLEM TOO.
GOOD CHIMP, THAT'S THE FIRST STEP IN FITTING IN.
Since: May 10
#10 Feb 20, 2012
you have described yourself perfectly ROBTARD thanks for the info.But Why do you speak in the third person
#11 Feb 20, 2012
#12 Feb 20, 2012
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration is pledging to carefully monitor implementation of a federal program that requires local arrest information be shared with immigration officials.
Norwalk police will have to do their job now
Since: May 10
#13 Feb 20, 2012
ROBTARD EDITING REPLIES IS SO 2009 GET WITH THE TIMES YOU OLD GAY TROLL. ALSO YOUR OBSESSION WITH ME JUST SHOWS WHAT A SICKO YOU ARE ....GET HELP YOU NEED IT .
#15 Feb 20, 2012
Get a life m oron
#16 Feb 21, 2012
thought their job was to do nothing
#17 Mar 11, 2012
SEYMOUR, Conn.(AP)-- State police say a 15-year-old high school student has died after the vehicle he was riding in lost control trying to elude Seymour police.
The Republican American reports ( http://bit.ly/xrP6Ki ) that the youngster, a passenger in the rear seat, died at the scene late Friday.
Police say the driver, 19-year-old Eric H. Ramirez suffered serious injuries. His condition was not known Sunday.
Another youngster had minor injuries.
State police say a Seymour police officer tried to stop the car. Ramirez kept driving, lost control and drove off the road. The car struck an embankment, went airborne and hit a building.
The speed of the car and the reason police tried to stop it were not known.
A Seymour police spokesman said no additional information would be released until a report is completed.
#18 Jun 12, 2013
election time tidbits
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