CHESHIRE — A New Haven man was charged after police said he led officers on a car chase Saturday night.
James Dickerson, 35, of 414 Winthrop Ave., New Haven, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging officers in pursuit, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics, evading responsibility, failure to display registration plates, operating under suspension, and operating a motor vehicle with tinted windows without a tinting sticker.
He was also charged on two warrants with two counts of first-degree failure to appear in court.
The incident began when police attempted to stop a Mitsubishi Galant traveling north on South Main Street for motor vehicle offenses, said police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Sutherland. The driver, Dickerson, collided with another car and drove off.
Officers followed the tire marks on the road and found the car parked in a lot on Sandbank Road, Sutherland said. Two people in the car told police Dickerson ran into a wooded area. He was located at a local business trying to make a phone call.
Dickerson was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, Dickerson is on federal probation and has a conviction history including escape, larceny and drug charges.
Bond was set at $150,000 and Dickerson is due back in court on May 29.