Man arrested after multiple hit-and-run crashes, police chase


MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — A Plainville man was arrested after he hit multiple cars, fled the scene, and led police on a pursuit early Tuesday morning.

Police arrested 63-year-old John Bielawski of Plainville and charged him with reckless endangerment, engaging police in pursuit, weapons in a motor vehicle, criminal attempt to commit assault on police, assault, threatening, breach of peace, criminal mischief, and evading responsibility.

State police say they received multiple 911 calls just after 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday that someone driving a silver Chevy Express van had hit multiple vehicles in Montville and fled the scene. At 1:45 a.m., New London Police informed state police they had just been involved in a pursuit with a silver van. Troopers began looking for the van and learned that the van that allegedly struck other vehicles, had injured another driver.

Troopers say they then noticed a van trying to run another vehicle off the road. The trooper tried to get the van to stop, the driver refused to stop, and a pursuit began. Troopers say that during the pursuit, the driver of the van tried to hit the troopers’ vehicle several times. Troopers deployed spike strips, which deflated the tires and brought the van to a stop. The driver refused to get out the van and reached for a large knife he had in his possession.

One trooper sustained minor injuries while trying to arrest Bielawski.

Bielawski was arrested and taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital to be evaluated. He is being held on a $50,000 bond and is due in Norwich Superior Court on Wednesday.

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