Two police departments worked together as they seized almost $20,000 worth of heroin, arrested three people and helped a child that was left unattended Wednesday night.
Officers attempted to stop a 2012 Dodge Ram, which was being driven by 32-year-old Jesse Goodrich around 6:15 p.m.
Police said Goodrich led officers on a "slow-paced pursuit" until he crashed the truck into a garage door at 256 Condon St. East in Middletown.
After the crash, Goodrich, who police said "was under the influence of PCP," fought with officers while they tried to search his truck. During the search, heroin was found in the truck, police said.
Passenger Sarah Jordan, 21, of Galloway, OH, was found with heroin hidden in her genital area. Police said Goodrich threatened Jordan to hide more heroin.
Jordan was arrested and charged with illegal possession of narcotics and tampering with/or fabricating physical evidence.
After Middletown police, along with officers from the Cromwell Police Department, went to Goodrich's home, which is located at an apartment complex at 1307 Cromwell Hills Dr. in Cromwell.
Inside the residence, officers seized heroin, packaging material, a scale and several other narcotic related items.
"For the amount that was seized in Cromwell, that's the largest," said Cromwell Police Chief Anthony J. Salvatore. "Which causes me great concern, because it seems like the shift now is going more toward heroin out there."
In total, the heroin obtained by police had a street value of $19,600.
"It's one of the largest heroin seizures I've seen on a local level," said Middletown Police Chief William McKenna.
Investigators also found a 2-year-old child unattended in the third-floor apartment. The child was turned over to a caregiver and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families was notified about the incident.
Nichole Landry, 40, who lives at Goodrich's home, was found at a nearby package store. Officers said that Landry left the child alone with an open sliding door to the balcony that "posed an immediate risk to the 2-year-old."
Landry was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Goodrich was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, failure to drive in proper lane, making an improper turn, operation of motor vehicle without license, non-student possession drug paraphernalia school zone, operation of drug factory, possession with intent to sell, distribution of controlled substance 1500 feet school zone, possession controlled substance, risk of injury to child, first-degree criminal mischief and threatening.
All three suspects were arraigned at Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday.
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