2 arrested after leading police on chase to avoid DUI checkpoint

Charles Miller and Leroy Sterling (Photos provided by Connecticut State Police)

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police have arrested two men after they led police on an hour-long chase Friday night.

Troopers from Troop-H and Windsor police officers were conducting a DUI checkpoint at the exit 38 entrance ramp to I-91 southbound Friday night. Police say at 10:15 p.m., a car got to the ramp and after seeing the checkpoint, stopped, began backing down the ramp, made a U-turn and drove the wrong way back down the ramp.

Police tried to stop the car, but the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Leroy Sterling of Windsor, refused to pull over and led troopers on a pursuit on Route 75 and on to Hansom Hill Road. Police say speeds reached near 65 mph until Sterling finally stopped the car, however he and his passenger, 28-year-old Charles Miller of New York, got out of the car and ran.

Miller was found a short time later. Police say he refused to comply and was ultimately hit with the trooper’s stun gun. He was arrested and charged with interfering with an officer.

Police say after an hour of searching through a swampy terrain with two K9 units, Sterling was found in brush alongside the highway. He was arrested and charged with disobeying the signal of an officer, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, improper entry/leaving of a highway and engaging police in pursuit.