A man who claimed to be "creeping" at an inn known for drug activity in East Haven is accused of assaulting an officer and fleeing from a traffic stop.
John Williams, 32, was arrested by Westport police on Thursday.
The incident happened on Aug. 14 at the Quality Inn in the area of High and Sanford streets.
A patrolling officer saw Williams' vehicle commit a moving violation and pulled over his Enterprise rental car.
Williams was cooperative at first.
Police said he admitted to them that he was out on parole and was in the area "creeping."
Williams was asked to leave the vehicle.
At that point, he continually tried to make his way back into the vehicle.
Police said they deemed the behavior suspicious and moved to handcuff Williams.
However, Williams pushed officers away, got into his vehicle and began an attempt to flee.
A scuffle ensued on the driver's side of the car.
Williams was able to put the vehicle into drive and sped off with officers still trying to pull him out.
In the process, an officer suffered a concussion and broken nose, police said.
Williams was pursued onto Interstate 95 south and Interstate 91 north before police lost him at exit 11 in North Haven.
Investigators obtained information about Williams through his Enterprise rental agreement.
He was apprehended on Thursday by police in Westport for unrelated charges.
Williams was turned over to the East Haven Police Department to face charges of assault on an officer, interfering with police, engaging in a police pursuit, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, improper turning and failure to carry a license.
He was held on a $660,000 bond and faced a judge on Friday.
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