New York Man Arrested For Intentionally Ramming Into Police Cruiser

BRIDGEPORT – 21-year-old Jheison Callecastro, a tow truck driver, was taken into custody after he intentionally rammed a Connecticut State Police cruiser during a highway chase on Saturday.

Bob’s Towing flatbed tow truck was chased by the White Plains Police Department as it struck a pedestrian and escaped the accident spot.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Troop G patrols was contacted by the New York police to inform about a motor vehicle pursuit about to cross state lines on Interstate 95 northbound.

When the vehicle was near the Connecticut-New York border, the White Plains officers pulled off of the highway where Connecticut troopers deployed stop sticks in order to stop the driver. The truck driver succeeded in keeping the tires from blowing out and continued travelling north.

The police then chased the vehicle till the driver stopped who exited and re-entered the highway several times before crossing to the southbound lanes. More stop sticks were deployed along the route to pull the vehicle over. The police finally succeeded in puncturing the front tires of the truck.

Instead of stopping, the suspect tried to escape the scene by reversing the vehicle towards New York. The vehicle approached Greenwich, where police cruisers were parked as the cops were deploying more stop sticks to puncture the remaining tires. The driver intentionally changed his direction and hit one of the parked cruisers which burst into flames.

No cop sustained injuries in the incident, but the police cruisers and the truck sustained damage.

Callecastro was arrested immediately and charged for:

  • Attempted assault on a police officer
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Operating without a license

His bond was set at $150,000 and he is in jail pending an upcoming court appearance.

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