Two men are facing a slew of charges after leading police on a foot chase through a New Haven neighborhood Saturday night.
Just after 10 p.m., New Haven police said they were patrolling in the Hill South neighborhood when they said they spotted a silver colored Buick with New York plates blow through a stop sign on Adeline Street near Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
Police said when that occurred, they turned on their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull them over, but the vehicle sped off in an attempt to elude officers.
The vehicle sped through the neighborhood and stopped abruptly on King Place.
Police said the driver and passenger got out and took off up a driveway with the passenger holding his waistband while he was running.
As several other officers arrived at the scene to provide backup, the two men scaled some fences and ended up in the yard of a home on Clover Place. A police officer said he saw the passenger toss what he was holding in his waistband, and as he tried to make it to the street, he was tackled and fell into a cement slab mounted air conditioning unit so hard it was knocked off its foundation.
Police said a brief struggle ensued, but police were able to arrest Rufus Spearman, of New Haven.
The driver, identified as Jermaine Sanders of Naugatuck, was also caught and arrested.
The item discarded by Spearman was recovered a few feet from where he was arrested, and police identified it as an Israeli-made Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun.
Police said the gun was loaded and chambered with the hammer locked back and the safety was off.
When officers looked inside the car, they said they recovered 25 bags of crack, 13 methamphetamine pills and marijuana. In addition, police said, several cell phones and hundreds of dollars in cash were also recovered.
Spearman and Sanders were each charged with interfering with police.
Sanders also racked up some motor vehicle violations while Spearman, a convicted felon, was additionally charged with two gun crimes.
Things got a bit worse for Sanders when he was brought to the police station, officers said.
While he was being booked, the booking officer said he had doubts as to who Sanders really was. He gave police officers his brother's name, Charles Sanders.
That's not him, police said.
When he was signing the fingerprint card, police noticed he was hesitating. Police said they ran fingerprint and database checks and said Charles was in fact Jermaine, a parole abuser from Waterbury.
He was additionally charged with interfering, forgery and criminal impersonation.
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