2 Trumbull officers hurt in pursuit, crash, suspect arrested - WFSB 3 Connecticut

2 Trumbull officers hurt in pursuit, crash, suspect arrested

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Jose Rey was arrested after his vehicle crash into a police SUV injuring two officers. (WFSB/Trumbull Police Department) Jose Rey was arrested after his vehicle crash into a police SUV injuring two officers. (WFSB/Trumbull Police Department)
TRUMBULL, CT (WFSB) -

Two Trumbull police officers were injured while arresting a suspect wanted on drug charges during a pursuit early Friday morning.

Police arrested 50-year-old Jose Rey, of Bridgeport, on multiple charges.

His arrest comes after officers attempted to “stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee for motor vehicle violations” near Route 25 around 1:40 a.m.

Rey continued southbound until he arrived at exit 6 near Old Town Road. Police said Rey crashed into a police SUV at the end of the ramp near the intersection of Old Town Road and Seltsam Road. 

State police said the suspect's vehicle hit the police cruiser head-on, however the unidentified officers were able to arrest Rey. 

The officers were not seriously hurt, but police said they were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators said the suspect's car also had a stolen license plate on it.

Rey was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, possession of a lost or stolen license plate, reckless driving, engaging an officer in pursuit, failure to obey a red light among multiple other motor vehicle violations.

Police said Rey was wanted by the Stratford Police Department for failure to appear in court to answer for drug and motor vehicle charges.

Working to piece together the accident, reconstruction teams used traditional measuring, and a new device, a drone. Trumbull's police chief said it was used to take aerial video of the scene. 

Neighbors on Old Town Road said they were shocked when they woke up and saw the scene.

"Oh, I  just hope everybody's OK. It was a bad accident from what I seen and it didn't look good," neighbor Joseph Rodriguez said. "I just hope the officers are OK and pray for them."

State police troopers said they closed exit 6 off ramp from Rt. 25 southbound until around 8:30 a.m.  

Rey is being held on $75,000 bond. If he does not make bond, he will be arraigned at Bridgeport Superior Court on Friday.

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