WEST HARTFORD — A teenager has been referred to a juvenile court on a slew of charges after a vehicle was reported stolen Tuesday with a 2-year-old inside, according to police.
The 16-year-old was referred on charges of second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trover, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, evading responsibility, operating without a license, following too close and failure to obey traffic control signals, according to an updated release from West Hartford Police Capt. Eric Rocheleau.
Police dispatch got a 911 call around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday “about a vehicle being stolen from Premium Auto,” Rocheleau said in a release. There was a 2-year-old in the vehicle, according to Rocheleau.
The caller was the car’s owner, who reported the vehicle was driving west on New Britain Avenue, Rocheleau wrote.
“West Hartford officers were notified and located the vehicle a short time later traveling north on South Main Street. A tire deflation device was used to slow the vehicle down,” Rocheleau wrote. “The suspect vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the corner of South Main Street and Sedgwick Road.”
A male fled from that vehicle and police took him into custody “after a short foot pursuit,” Rocheleau wrote. There were three people in the vehicle that had been hit in the crash “who reported no injuries,” according to Rocheleau.
“It was determined that the suspect had dropped off the baby outside of a local business shortly after stealing the vehicle,” Rocheleau wrote. “The child was found uninjured and reunited with their family.”
The teenager, who was brought to a hospital as a precautionary measure, has since been discharged, according to police. Police processed him before turning him over to a juvenile court in Hartford, police said.