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Norwalk Teen Charged With Leading Police On 100 MPH Chase Through Wilton

Wilton Police arrested a Norwalk teen after a high speed pursuit early Saturday.
Wilton Police arrested a Norwalk teen after a high speed pursuit early Saturday. Photo Credit: Frank Maceachern

WILTON, Conn. -- A Norwalk teen led police on a high-speed chase for 20 minutes throughout Wilton before stopping when he found that his way was barred by a police vehicle and a spiked belt early Saturday, police said.

Marlon E. Sumner-Harris, 19, of 88 Taylor Ave., was arrested at gunpoint after he came to a stop, police said.

He is charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, engaging in a pursuit, speeding, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating without a license, operating without insurance, possession of marijuana and failing to display a plate. He was released on $1,000 bond.

The incident began when an officer noticed a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck southbound on Route 7 just after 2 a.m., police said.

“As the officer was approaching the vehicle, he noticed the driver was revving the engine,” Lt. Stephen Brennan said. “As he approached the driver’s door, the vehicle accelerated, almost striking the officer.”

The pursuit wound its way through Wilton, including on Chestnut Hill Road at speeds that approached 100 mph, police said.

At one point, a Wilton police cruiser blocked the suspect’s way on Route 33 into Westport, police said.

The suspect struck the Wilton police cruiser and then escaped back into Wilton, Brennan said.

There was no information on the extent of the damage to the cruiser, he said.

The pursuit ended at Hurlbutt Street, where a police cruiser blocked part of the roadway and a spiked belt covered the rest, police said.

“It was great positioning by one of our officers,” Brennan said.

There were no injuries in the incident, he said.

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