High-speed pursuit in New Canaan lands man in jail
A Long Island man faces multiple criminal charges after police said he fled from officers in a high-speed chase last Friday following a hit-and-run accident on the Merritt Parkway.
Nathaniel Collado, 33, of Pollock St., Hicksville, N.Y., was charged with evading responsibility, reckless driving, driving without insurance, improper use of a license plate and disregarding an officer's signal / engaging in a pursuit.
New Canaan officers were asked to assist State Police after a black Nissan Altima with New York plates hit another vehicle on the parkway and left the scene shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, according to the report.
While police were en route to the parkway, an officer saw a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle traveling in the opposite direction on South Avenue, police said. Collado then turned back onto the parkway at southbound exit 37, according to the report.
Police said the officer then turned around and activated his cruiser's emergency lights as he followed the suspect, but Collado did not stop. The driver then took exit 36 toward Old Stamford Road and turned left on Jelliff Mill Road, where police said he "accelerated to an increased rate of speed" and the officer discontinued the pursuit.
Moments later, according to the report, a Ponus Ridge Road resident called police to report that a black car had pulled her into her driveway and the operator was still in the car. Since officers were in the area searching the vehicle, they quickly arrived at the location to find Collado's car crashed into a stonewall on the woman's property, police said.
As the suspect was taken into custody, he told police he fled the scene because he didn't have car insurance, according to the report. However, police said his marker plates also were not legitimate.
Collado was held in lieu of $5,000 and transported to court Monday morning.
Neither the driver of the other care in the parkway accident nor Collado was injured in that incident, police said.