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Carjacking turns to police pursuit along the Merritt Parkway

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Jaron Jenkins. (police photo) Jaron Jenkins. (police photo)

Several police departments said a carjacking turned into a pursuit along the Merritt Parkway Monday.

The said the search for the suspects happened near exit 46 on the southbound side.

They thought they were searching for two suspects, but only arrested one. Jaron Jenkins, 22, of New Britain, was taken into custody later in the morning.

Police said the carjacking took place in Hamden during the overnight hours. They said it appeared that two men took a Nissan Altima from a driver at the Go-On gas station on Arch Street.

State police found the vehicle traveling down the Merritt and attempted to stop it.

After about 2 and a half miles of top speeds of 95 mph, the pursuit ended near the rest area by exit 46, which is on the Fairfield-Easton line. 

Troopers said the driver could not negotiate a sharp right curve and struck a metal beam leading onto Congress Street in Fairfield. The suspects fled into a wooded area.

Congress Street was closed for sometime while police conducted a search of the area. It has since reopened.

Canine units from Stratford and Hamden were brought in to help. Thermal imaging was also used, but the suspects were not found.

A short time later, however, troopers located Jenkins walking along the shoulder of the highway between exits 46 and 47.

Investigators said he admitted that he stole the vehicle and had the keys in his pocket. He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital after complaining of minor injuries from the crash and his running through the woods.

After being discharged, state police took him to their barracks for processing.

Troopers said they do not know if anyone else was in the car with Jenkins.

State police, along with Easton and Fairfield police, are investigating.

Jenkins is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Nov. 17.

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