Police chase leads to crash, building fire

Report It photo from Joe Ciscone of crash that sparked a fire in New Haven, May 7, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — What started as a traffic stop ended up in a police pursuit in New Haven, with the suspect’s car crashing into a building and setting off a fire, police said.

Power is out to hundreds in the immediate area around Grand Ave. and Front Street near the Grand Ave. bridge, and a section of Front Street is closed.

The chain of events It started around 2 a.m., when a New Haven police officer went to pull over a car that had reportedly ran through a stop sign. That car kept on going, and police in pursuit.

At some point the car hit a utility pole on Front Street, which fell and struck a building, causing the fire.

Damaged New Haven police car. (Photo: New Haven Fire Department).
Damaged New Haven police car. (Photo: New Haven Fire Department).

The police officer was also injured in the incident when the utility pole struck his police cruiser. He was taken to the hospital to be examined. The suspect driver was also taken to the hospital.

A crew from United Illuminating is on the scene to repair the pole and restore power. There was no word on a time frame on when that work will be done.

No names have been released.

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