Police: Stolen car driver tried carjacking

Bristol police cruiser. (File)

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A man crashed the stolen car he was driving before trying to carjack another vehicle late Friday morning, police said.

Shawn M. Smith, 24, of Webb Road, Naugatuck, is charged with criminal attempt to carjack, breach of peace in the second degree, two counts of assault in the third degree, and reckless endangerment in the first degree. He is also charged with driving at an unreasonable speed, a stop sign violation, making an improper turn and evading of responsibility.

Bristol police said Smith drove the first car from Wolcott and was headed toward Bristol “at a high rate of speed.”

An officer spotted it at North Main Street where it had crashed into shrubbery near Curtis Street, but Smith then ran through backyards to a home on Roberts Street and tried to steal a van as it was being backed out of the driveway, police said.

The driver and his wife fought off the suspect while the van was still moving, police said. She stopped the van from hitting her by pushing the brake pedal with her hand. Both refused treatment for their minor injuries, police said. Smith fled and was later captured.

His bonds totaled $102,500 for a July 21 appearance in Bristol Superior Court.

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