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Suspect in custody after assaulting an officer, fleeing from the scene

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Emergency crews are searching for a suspect accused of assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop on Saturday morning.

State police said a trooper conducted a traffic stop at about 9:15 a.m. when he approached a vehicle with a male passed out at the steering wheel. 

According to state police, the driver, 38-year-old Marc D. Debenigno, had narcotics and drug paraphernalia on the passenger seat.

The trooper woke Debenigno and was placing the him in custody when he reportedly assaulted the trooper.

The suspect broke free and then fled in his vehicle. The trooper used his taser, but Debenigno was not struck. 

Debenigno got back into his vehicle and fled the commuter lot. The trooper engaged in a vehicle pursuit and tried to stop him. 

New York State Police assisted as the suspect fled onto Route 22 in New York and then came back into Connecticut where the car crashed in the area of I-84 at exit 3.

The pursuit continued onto Connecticut highways before it ended on Route 7 southbound just north of the Ridgefield line when Debenigno's car hit a guardrail. He then got out of his car and fled on foot and jumped into a large swamp. 

Troopers searched the area along with help from the Connecticut State Police K9 teams, a dive team, Bloodhound team and helicopter. 

According to state police, at about 3:10 p.m. the suspect was located in the swamp and taken into custody. Debenigno was brought to Danbury Hospital for evaluation. 

Debenigno is being charged with possession of narcotics, assault on a police officer, escape from custody, engaging in a pursuit and several other charges. He is being held by Troop A in Southbury and will appear in Danbury court on Monday. 

No other injuries were reported. 

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