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New Haven police arrest man in child custody abduction case

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Nicholas Ferraro. (New Haven police photo) Nicholas Ferraro. (New Haven police photo)

Police in New Haven arrested a father for abducting his own child.

Nicholas Ferraro, 34, of New Haven, was taken into custody after a pursuit and crash on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge Thursday night.

Police said it started when an officer was approached by the child's 34-year-old mother near Crown and Church Streets.

She said five hours earlier, Ferraro was left in her car with their son when she parked in the driveway of a Rite Aid pharmacy on Church Street.

When she returned to the vehicle, Ferraro and their 1-year-old son were gone. She explained to the officer that Ferraro was just an acquaintance and did not have custody of the child.

She said she didn't call police right away because her phone was in her stolen Nissan Versa Note.

The mother eventually received a text from Ferraro who said he ran out of gas on Chapel Street.

Officers spotted him at Jefferson and St. John Streets and pulled the vehicle over.

After stepping outside of the vehicle, however, he got back in and took off while dragging an officer.

Ferraro lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The officer broke free at that point and was hurled into the tree, police said.

Ferraro then sped down Jefferson Street toward Grand Avenue.

Officers said they pursued him to East Rock and through downtown. He then entered Interstate 95 north in the Branford area. He made a quick turnaround near exit 55 and headed back toward New Haven.

However, state police and an East Haven officer responded. The East Haven officer was able to pin Ferraro's vehicle to a concrete barrier on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

Police said the suspect tried to break the passenger's side window, but failed.

He was taken into custody.

The child, who was in a safety seat, was not hurt.

Ferraro was charged with second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, assault on an officer, engaging in a police pursuit, taking a vehicle without the owner's permission, disobeying an officer's signal and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

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