Watertown police cruiser hit by stolen car

Watertown Police (file photo)

Watertown, Conn. (WTNH) — A Watertown police cruiser was totaled late Monday night when it was hit by a stolen car, Chief John Gavallas tells News 8.

Officers responded to calls around 11:30pm reporting a group of men lurking in the area of Bunker Hill Road and Georgetown Drive, close to the Waterbury border. The men were getting in and out of a 2009 BMW 535 and walking up to parked cars to look inside them. Officials say there have been several break-ins to parked cars in that area recently.

When police responded to that area, the BMW sedan fled down Bunker Hill Road towards Straits Turnpike. One officer saw a suspect on foot and chased him, but the suspect got away as the car took off with the other men.

Police say the car was traveling up to 80 miles per hour when it had to make the turn onto Straits Turnpike. When the driver attempted the turn at high speed, the car struck a police SUV that was turning onto Bunker Hill Road. The impact knocked the left front wheel off the police SUV, totaling the vehicle. The suspects’ car was damaged, but was able to continue fleeing the scene.

The officer driving the SUV sustained minor injuries, and was transported to Waterbury Hospital. He has since been released.

Anyone with any information related to this incident are asked to call Watertown Police 860-945-5200.

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