Police: New Haven man comes “within inches” of officer with stolen vehicle; toddler in backseat

Gamalier Estrada III (Photo: Hamden Police Department)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man is facing charges after police say he nearly struck an officer with a stolen vehicle while a two-year-old was in the backseat.

According to Hamden Police, on Monday around 11:30 a.m., officers attempted a motor vehicle stop on Mix Avenue after observing a stolen vehicle traveling on the road.

Officers say the vehicle pulled into a driveway before putting the car in reverse as officers approached it. Police say the vehicle “came within inches of striking…” an officer.

Officials say the vehicle then sped off before colliding another vehicle, a tree, and a utility pole before coming to a stop.

According to police, the suspect then fled on foot before returning to the vehicle to retrieve his son.

Officers immediately arrested 21-year-old Gamalier Estrada III. He is facing charges of Larceny in the 3rd Degree, Risk of Injury to a Minor, and other related charges.

Estrada III was also arrested on the strength of five outstanding arrest warrants. He was detained on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 3.