Meriden man rams 2 police cruisers during escape attempt

Raymond Ward. (Meriden police photo)

During an investigation into business burglaries in Meriden, police said they arrested a man who rammed two police cruisers while trying to flee.

They said they arrested 19-year-old Raymond Ward late Monday night.

They said they responded to City Park around 11:30 p.m. in an attempt to identify a "suspect involved in suspicious activity near an area business that had been burglarized numerous times."

Police said they found a suspect fleeing the area.

In the process, police said he struck two cruisers.

Officers pursued him through Berlin into Cromwell.

The suspect eventually lost control and the vehicle came to a final rest on its roof, police said.

No one was hurt.

Ward was charged with disobeying an officer's signal, failure to maintain lane, unsafe backing, suspended driver's license, operating a motor vehicle without registration or insurance, misuse of registration plates, disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic light, two counts of failure to drive right, two counts of evading responsibility, reckless driving, two counts of engaging in a pursuit, reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer and two counts of assault of a public safety officer.

His bond was set at $100,000.

Police said they would also be conducting an investigation into the actions of the responding officers to ensure department policies were followed.

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