Chase ends with car flipped in West Haven yard

Two men were in this car fleeing from police when the car flipped in a residential neighborhood (WTNH)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A car wound up flipped over in a residential West Haven neighborhood Friday morning after state police tried to stop it on I-95.

Just after 10:30 a.m., state police began pursuing a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 95 near exit 42 in West Haven. The car exited the highway, and state police say they stopped pursuit at that time. The driver subsequently crashed in the yard of John Washington’s West Spring Street home. His flower garden was destroyed when the Buick Skylark came crashing into it.

“I’m upset because that’s one of my fortes,” Washington said. “I enjoy working in yard, doing flower work and making designs.”

Witnesses say two men fled the car on foot, running down West Spring Street towards the highway, which is not far from the crash site. Officers caught up to the two suspects and took them into custody. The driver, 50-year-old Mark McGilton of West Haven, was arrested.

Lydia Poulin, who lives nearby, says she saw the car fly by her house.

“I saw something fly by sideways,” Poulin said. “It flew. It was like a flash. And I ran over here [to see] he took down the mailbox. I don’t know how he landed up there, but that’s where he landed.”

Police flipped over the car with a tow truck, and they emptied out some of the belongings inside the car. Police removed several boxes of electronics that were brand new, still in their boxes with the electronic sensor still attached.

West Haven police are continuing their investigation. There’s still no word on why the men fled.

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