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Officers injured following chase in Naugatuck

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Two Naugatuck police officers were injured Friday night while attempting to pull over a vehicle being driven by a person under the influence.

Police said they were notified by a concerned citizen around 7 p.m. that a woman was driving a vehicle in town and was possibly impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

Police located the vehicle, a red Lexus, which was traveling onto the Salem Bridge on Maple Street near South Main Street.

An officer observed the car cross the center median nearly colliding with an oncoming vehicle, at which time the officer attempted to pull the driver over.

The driver did not obey though and continue to drive erratically along several roads, including Rubber Avenue and Old Firehouse Road, swearing in and out of lanes while varying from 15-30 miles per hour.

The vehicle finally stopped near Maple Street and Old Firehouse Road at which time the officer attempted to approach the vehicle.  However, the vehicle then quickly accelerated running over the officer's foot.

The vehicle continue onto Church Street, police said, where it collided with another Naugatuck police cruiser that had been responding to the scene.

The officers involved in both incidents were not seriously injured and were treated on scene, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as 27-year-old Misha Flores of Waterbury.

Flores was taken into custody and charged with operating under the influence, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, two-counts of assault on a officer and numerous motor vehicle violations.

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