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Stolen vehicle crash leads to suspect's hospitalization, arrest

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Andre Gaston faces charges after he crashed a stolen Jeep on the West Hartford/Hartford line. (West Hartford police) Andre Gaston faces charges after he crashed a stolen Jeep on the West Hartford/Hartford line. (West Hartford police)
A stolen vehicle crash closed Fern and North Beacon streets on the West Hartford/Hartford line Friday morning. (WFSB) A stolen vehicle crash closed Fern and North Beacon streets on the West Hartford/Hartford line Friday morning. (WFSB)
A broken fence was the result of a stolen vehicle crash on the West Hartford/Hartford line on Friday. (WFSB) A broken fence was the result of a stolen vehicle crash on the West Hartford/Hartford line on Friday. (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A stolen vehicle crash closed down an intersection on the West Hartford-Hartford line Friday morning.

West Hartford police arrested 20-year-old Andre Gaston for being the driver.

According to police, the crash happened on Fern and North Beacon streets around 5:30 a.m.

The area was closed while investigators pieced together what happened.

West Hartford police said they were first dispatched to the area of Whitman Avenue and Grennan Road for a report of suspects trying to get into a vehicle. The suspects left the area in a Jeep Cherokee, which was eventually spotted by officers on Fern Street.

Officers said they did not pursue the vehicle.

Police said they deployed a tire deflation device at the intersection Fern Street and Prospect Avenue.

Gaston drove around the device and sped into Hartford.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed on Fern Street just before North Beacon Street.

A fence, a parked vehicle and several garbage cans were struck by the driver.

Gaston was taken to St. Francis Hospital and is facing charges. He complained of back pain and numbness in his legs, police said.

He was later released into police custody.

There were multiple people inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. They fled in various directions.

They are looking for them.

Police said the Jeep was stolen out of Simsbury. It was totaled.

Gaston was charged with second-degree criminal trover, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, simple trespass, interfering with an officer, engaging police in a pursuit, first-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

The crash followed two other stolen vehicle crashes that happened in Hartford earlier this week.

One happened at the intersection of Ward and Zion streets. The other took place near Trinity College.

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