New York man arrested for ‘intentionally’ ramming into Conn. State Police cruiser

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A police pursuit that started in White Plains, N.Y., ended in Bridgeport early Friday morning when the driver intentionally slammed into an unoccupied Connecticut State Police cruiser, troopers said.

State Police based at Troop G were notified by officers with the White Plains Police Department that they were in pursuit of a flatbed tow truck that was on I-95 north entering Connecticut.

Police were pursuing the driver for a possible hit-and run accident involving a pedestrian and reckless driving.

White Plains Police terminated the pursuit at exit three and Connecticut State Police continued the pursuit when the driver refused to stop. Stop sticks were put down near exit 8, but the driver of the tow truck did not strike the sticks and continued on the highway before exiting at exit 14.

The vehicle then re-entered the highway on the southbound side. Troopers once again used stop sticks near exit 8 and successfully deflated the front right tire of the truck. However, the driver continued down the road forcing police to use another stop stick at exit 4 which deflated the front left tire.

As the chase continued, one trooper was stopped in the median near exit 3, and another was stopped in the right shoulder with stop sticks set up across the three southbound lanes.

As the tow truck approached the area, police say the driver, identified as 21-year-old Jheison Callecastro, intentionally rammed into the cruiser that was at the exit 3 median. The cruiser was unoccupied and the trooper was not injured.

Jheison Callecastro (Photo: Connecticut State Police)
Jheison Callecastro (Photo: Connecticut State Police)
(Photo: Connecticut State Police)
(Photo: Connecticut State Police)

Both the tow truck and the cruiser sustained significant damage. The truck became fully engulfed in flames.

Police took Callecastro into custody where he was held on bond. He faces charges of attempted assault on a police officer, attempted assault with a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, engaging in pursuit and reckless driving.