Police: Stolen Car Crashes; Driver Critically Injured
Bristol Police were working to identify the driver of a car that crashed early Thursday morning on Mountain Road. Police say the Chevrolet Monte Carlo had been stolen earlier in the morning from the Bristol Auto Center on Terryville Avenue, and that the crash occurred after police had broken off a high-speed chase.
The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle and was reported in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, said police. As of late Thursday morning, they had not identified him.
The passenger in the vehicle, identified as Bayron J. Ramos, 24, with a last known address in Hartford, fled from the vehicle and was taken into custody with the help of a police canine, said authorities. He was taken to Bristol Hospital for treatment of a dog bite and injuries sustained in the crash. Police say they expect to charge Ramos with burglary and larceny on Friday when he is released from the hospital.
Police say Ramos is also wanted by Waterbury Police.
Authorities say both men were involved in a burglary earlier in the morning at the auto center shortly before 2 a.m., but one suspect left in a pickup truck and the other left in the Chevy which would later be involved in the crash, before police arrived.
The Chevy was spotted about an hour later in downtown Bristol, and sped away when police tried to stop it– spawning the chase, which police decided to discontinue, said authorities.
The truck– reported stolen from Portland on Wednesday– was found abandoned in St. Joseph Cemetery on Terryville Avenue, said police.