Police: After stealing car in Norwich, man tried to evade and fight authorities

An off-duty Connecticut State Police trooper and his K-9 eventually apprehended the Massachusetts man who was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals, officials said.

An off-duty Connecticut State Police trooper and his K-9 eventually apprehended the Massachusetts man who was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals, officials said.

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NORWICH — A Massachusetts man has been accused of fleeing from authorities in a stolen vehicle before trying to carjack someone and assaulting an off-duty Connecticut State Police trooper, officials said.

Yheresis Millan, of Lowell, Mass., is facing numerous charges after stealing a car from outside a Norwich home and then trying to evade local and state police, officials said Thursday.

The 28-year-old was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a warrant, charging him with violation of federal probation, Norwich police said.

Police did not describe Millan’s injuries that landed him in the hospital. State police said he was involved in a “lengthy, aggressive struggle,” with the off-duty trooper and his police dog on a highway ramp after allegedly crashing a stolen car and attempting to carjack another vehicle.

On June 18, Norwich dispatchers received a 911 call for a vehicle that had just been stolen from a home on Central Avenue, police said.

Norwich police said the driver refused to stop when an officer tried to pull the car over. Norwich police said their officers did not pursue the stolen vehicle, and it was last seen on East Main Street heading into Preston.

Around that time, state police said the off-duty K-9 officer heard an alert over the radio for police to be on the lookout for the vehicle that had been stolen in Norwich.

The trooper spotted the vehicle on Interstate-395 near Exit 11, but the driver still refused to pull over, state police said.

The trooper, who was not identified by state police, pursued the stolen car and was “able to get in front of it, in an attempt to slow the suspect down,” state police said. State police said the stolen vehicle then rear-ended the trooper’s vehicle, and tried to get off the highway down an entrance ramp.

“The trooper was then able to get behind the suspect vehicle and intentionally made contact with the vehicle to prevent flight,” state police said. The stolen car lost control and went off the road into a gore, where state police said he continued driving onto Route 82. The car then crashed into another vehicle, disabling the stolen car.

State police said driver of the stolen car then tried to run away as the off-duty trooper and his K-9 pursued him.

“The suspect then ran up to another occupied vehicle and opened the passenger door and attempted to carjack the operator. The suspect was pulled from the occupied vehicle and eventually subdued by the off-duty trooper,” state police said.

State police said the man was placed in handcuffs by a state police sergeant who arrived on scene after the man was involved in a “lengthy, aggressive struggle on the Exit 11 off ramp,” with the trooper and his K-9.

After he was apprehended, Norwich police said Millan refused to provide his name and “was immediately transported to Backus Hospital due to his injuries.”

Police were able to identify him using a portable fingerprint scanner, Norwich police said.

“A search of Milan's name in the state and national police informational database revealed he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service on a fully extraditable warrant for violation of federal probation,” Norwich police said

Millan was held on $200,000 bond and is due to be arraigned Friday in state Superior Court in Norwich.

Millan was charged with third-degree larceny, disobeying the signal of an officer, two counts of reckless driving, failure to drive right, robbery involving an occupied motor vehicle, second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer, third-degree criminal mischief, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance and assault on a public safety officer, police said.