Man arrested after police pursuit and armed carjacking in Newtown

Christopher Alan Lemke
Christopher Alan Lemke(Connecticut State Police)
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 2:51 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2022 at 8:33 AM EDT
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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) – A man faces charges after a police pursuit and armed carjacking in Newtown on Thursday.

Christopher Alan Lemke, 33, of Bethel, was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, use of drug paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic substance, illegal weapon in a motor vehicle, stealing a firearm, criminal possession of a pistol, and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Police said Lemke was wanted on a search warrant when he fled from officers and Western CT Regional SWAT on foot in the Hawleyville area of Newtown.

The man entered an unlocked home and kidnapped a person at gunpoint before leaving in a stolen car, Newtown police said.

The incident was reported around 10:55 a.m.

“The victim was able to escape a very short distance away and was not physically injured,” said Newtown police.

State police said the stolen vehicle, a white BMW sedan, was found by officers on Interstate 84 east in Southbury.

“The BMW operator engaged the state police in a pursuit,” said Connecticut State Police.

Officials said the operator got off the highway on Exit 15 and crashed on Main Street North in Southbury.

There, they reported finding a stolen firearm and narcotics.

Danbury police said Lemke may have information on the disappearance of Carlos Reyes.

Reyes has been missing since the end of March, police said.

“As Lemke was also directly related to the April 7th search warrant execution at a Ball Pond Rd. residence, investigators are hopeful he can provide them with information to help locate Reyes or his whereabouts,” Danbury police said.

His bond was set at $1 million.