NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have identified the father that kidnapped his son and led police on a chase Thursday night.
New Haven police say around 7 p.m. an East Haven woman approached an officer and told him that her one-and-a-half year old son was kidnapped by his father. She told police that she, the child, and his father, 34-year-old Nicholas Ferraro, went to a store. She left the child in the car with Ferraro while she went inside. When she came out, her car, Ferraro and their son were gone. She told police that Ferraro did not have custody of her child.
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Officers later found Ferraro on Chapel Street. Police say he stepped out of the car, but quickly got back in and drove off, dragging an officer along with them. Ferraro lost control and struck a tree, freeing the officer, but throwing him into that tree.
Ferraro sped off again and officers chased him onto I-95 all the way up to Branford and back. The chase ended when an officer pinned the car against a concrete barrier on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. Ferraro tried to break out of a passenger window, but failed. Police say had he escaped, he would have fallen from the bridge.
Ferraro was arrested and charged with second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, assault on a police officer, engaging police in pursuit, taking a vehicle without the owner`s permission, disobeying an officer`s signal and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
The child was safety removed from his safety-seat by an officer and taken to the hospital for an evaluation. Police say he was not harmed. The officer was evaluated on scene for the injuries sustained while dragged by the car.