NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A police pursuit ending in a crash and a downed light pole caused heavy delays on I-91 north in North Haven during Thursday morning’s rush hour commute.
State police say I-91 northbound was closed between exits 11 and 12 due to a motor vehicle crash and a downed light pole. The crash has now been cleared but the Department of Transportation reports that the right lane remains closed in the area for roadwork until 3 p.m.
Accident cleared in #NorthHaven on I 91 NB between Exit 11 Rt 22 and Exit 12 Rt 5, slow traffic back to Exit 10 Rt 40, delay of 2 mins
— TTN Hartford (@TotalTrafficBDL) June 29, 2017
Police say the crash originated from a police pursuit that started at exit 3. The suspect, identified as Mercedes Bruno, 28, is now in custody after crashing her vehicle. Police say Bruno stole a Sprinter van in Bridgeport and side-swept and struck at least two police vehicles, one of them being a state police cruiser, as well as hit a guardrail and a light pole.
— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) June 29, 2017
Bruno, along with two state troopers, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Police chase ends with truck full of bread crashing on 91 in No Haven. pic.twitter.com/qmr165t64q
— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) June 29, 2017
Bruno was charged with Assualt on Public Safety Personnel, Larceny in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, and other related charges.
Big time delays in #NorthHaven 91north closed at exit 11 after a police chase ends in an accident. Universal Drive or State St. R alternates
— Teresa Dufour (@teresadu4) June 29, 2017
She is being held on a $100,000 cash/surety bond.
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