Man accused of crashing stolen car into police cruiser

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A New Haven man is facing charges after police said he crashed a stolen car into a police cruiser.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. Monday.

A police officer in an unmarked car saw a man driving what was reported as a stolen car on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven. When the driver of the car pulled over, the officer called in other officers to make an arrest.

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When the officers arrived, police said Raekwon McLean disobeyed orders to get out of the car, then threw it into reverse and slammed into a police cruiser. He then put it into drive and smashed into the unmarked police car.

After taking off, police said McLean’s car slammed into another car at an intersection where a police officer was waiting at a light.

McLean took off running, and several police officers joined him in a foot chase. It ended when McLean tripped and fell.

He was handcuffed and brought to one of the cruisers.

McLean was arrested and is charged with first-degree larceny, engaging police in pursuit, and reckless driving, among a list of other charges.

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