Stolen Car Leads to Chase, Lockdown

by Christopher O'Brien

WolcottPoliceCarFive juveniles are in police custody after leading police on vehicular and foot pursuits through the Woodtick section of town Wednesday morning. The chase caused Frisbee School to be placed under a lockdown for a period of time just after students arrived.

The morning events began when Officer Frank Schippani ran the plate of the car carrying the teens on Wolf Hill Rd. at 8:55 am. The red Toyota Corrolla had been reported stolen in Waterbury. After signaling the vehicle to stop, the operator instead sped south across Nichols Road and into the Baseball Association of Wolcott complex. The driver drove through the complex and when he realized there was no way out, turned to drive across one of the ballfields. That also proved to be another dead end for the driver because the ballfield was fenced in. Officer Schippani positioned his vehicle blocking the only way in and out. Undeterred, the driver then squeezed his vehicle between a fence post and Schippani’s cruiser then drove back towards the Nichols Rd. exit. For some reason, he stopped near the entrance and all five occupants ran into the woods.

There was only minor damage to the cruiser.

After other a canine officer from Plymouth, as well as other officers from Wolcott and Waterbury arrived, three of the suspects were quickly apprehended.

Because of the erratic behavior of the juveniles to the public, Frisbee School was placed in a precautionary soft lockdown. Recess and deliveries were suspended until all of the suspects were apprehended. A reverse 911 call was also made telling residents about the search for the two juveniles.

At 10:40, an alert citizen reported the two remaining teens sitting on a guardrail on Woodtick road. Officers responded and took them into custody without incident. The lockdown at Frisbee was lifted and all five were charged at police headquarters.

The Police Department wants to extend its thanks for the public for their assistance and understanding during Wednesday morning’s events.


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