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Police pursue suspect from Ledyard to Norwich

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A crash following a police pursuit closed Laurel Hill in Norwich Sunday night into Monday morning. (WFSB) A crash following a police pursuit closed Laurel Hill in Norwich Sunday night into Monday morning. (WFSB)
The pursuit began in a different town. (WFSB) The pursuit began in a different town. (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A police pursuit that began in Ledyard resulted in a crash that closed a road in Norwich and knocked out power to 900 customers.

Derrick Helme, 38, of Norwich, was initially spotted on Sunday driving with some kind of equipment failure, according to Ledyard police.

An officer attempted to make a stop; however, Helme sped off northbound on Route 12.

The officer pursued Helme into Norwich.

According to police, the crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. in the area of Laurel Hill. 

Police said they had Laurel Hill closed into Monday from Water Street to Summer Street after Helme crashed a car into a utility pole. 

Officials with Norwich Public Utilities said the pole belongs to Frontier Communications.

The road has since reopened. However, police warned that detours were still in place.

They said since the pole needed to be replaced, about 900 people lost power while repairs were made. They said the outage was brief.

Helme was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Charges are still in the works, police said.

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