Man assaults state trooper during arrest in Danbury, leads police chase

State police cruiser (file).

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Danbury man was taken into custody hours after officials say he assaulted a trooper in town Saturday morning, then led police on a pursuit before disappearing into a swamp.

According to authorities, a trooper noticed 38-year-old Marc Debenigno passed out behind the wheel of a car parked in the commuter lot at exit 1 off I-84. They say the trooper saw drugs and drug paraphernalia next to Debenigno, woke him up, determined he wasn’t having a medical emergency, and placed him under arrest.

Debenigno resisted arrest and struggled while being handcuffed, according to police. They say the trooper tried to Taser him, but missed. Debenigno then got in his car and fled, engaging police in pursuit.

The chase entered New York on secondary roads before Debenigno reentered Connecticut, according to officials. They say he hit a guardrail on Route 7 South near the Ridgefield line and ran into a large swamp. He was found in the swamp around 3:10 p.m. and taken to Danbury Hospital for evaluation. No troopers or civilian were hurt, according to authorities.

The Clayton Drive man is charged with possession of narcotics, assault on a police officer, escape from custody, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. He’s scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Monday.

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