New Britain man charged after multi-town pursuit that started in Southington 

New Britain man charged after multi-town pursuit that started in Southington 



SOUTHINGTON – A New Britain man faces charges after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home three times in one month before leading officers on a chase Friday through several towns.

George Degrandis, 39, of 292 Monroe St., was charged Friday with first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny, engaging police in pursuit, operating a motor vehicle under suspension, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, misuse of registration plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Degrandis allegedlly forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home, Lt. Stephen Elliott said. After his ex-girlfriend called police, Degrandis took the woman’s dog and fled in a car. While responding to the incident, police saw the car and attempted to stop it, Elliott said. Degrandis fled from officers onto Interstate 84 east.

The pursuit continued onto Route 72, where Degrandis got off the highway and traveled through New Britain before entering Route 9 south, according to Elliott. State police joined the pursuit and successfully deployed stop sticks on Route 9 in Middletown. Degrandis was taken into custody and held on $100,000 bond.

Degrandis was also charged on two active arrest warrants for incidents that occurred this month involving his ex-girlfriend.

He was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary, disorderly conduct and violation of a protective order. The warrant was issued following an Oct. 1 incident in which Degrandis allegedly forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home despite an active protective order, Elliott said. Degrandis fled before police arrived and was held on $50,000 bond for the case.

Degrandis was also charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an emergency call, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension, disorderly conduct and violation of a protective order. The charges stem from an Oct. 18 incident in which Degrandis allegedly entered his ex-girlfriend’s home without permission, according to Elliott. When Degrandis learned she was going to call police, he allegedly took her phone and fled the scene. Degrandis was held on $15,000 bond for the case.

Degrandis also had an active warrant for failure to appear and was held on $1,000 bond for the case.

— Bryan Lipiner


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