NORWALK, Conn. A Norwalk man driving a stolen van left a trail of smashed vehicles in his wake Thursday afternoon, Norwalk Police say. Officers had seen him hit cars and were pursuing him when he was involved in a crash at Wall and Commerce Streets. He fled on foot and was Tasered before being arrested.
Steven Carey, 21, of 289 Silvermine Ave., stole the 1996 Ford e150 van from a Bouton Street business, according to Sgt. James Boff. Officers Bruce Lovallo and Julio Rodriguez spotted the white van in an accident at West Avenue and Pine Street, at O'Neill's Pub, at 4:31 p.m. They pursued Carey and caught him about a minute later when he hit a vehicle at Wall and Commerce Streets, Boff said.
Carey "jumped out of the driver's door in a crazy-like manner," Boff said. He started smashing the windows of the van with his bare hands and then ran off barefoot, officers in pursuit, Boff said. They deployed a Taser and caught him.
At about the same time, another report came in of a car being hit by a white van on West Avenue and Garner Street. Boff did not say how many cars in total had been hit. There were three crashed vehicles at the corner of Wall and Commerce, including the van, which had heavy front-end damage. One of the drivers in that crash, who was driving a 2002 Infiniti, said she had been rear-ended and could hear the police sirens coming up behind her as the crash happened. A Lexus had damage to its rear driver's side fender.
The owner of the van realized his vehicle was missing at about 4:30 p.m. when his brother came in and asked where it was. He had parked it at 100 Bouton St. that morning and left it unlocked, with the keys in a small bucket on the center console.
Carey was still in the hospital early Friday afternoon and had not been arraigned on the charges: larceny third degree, three counts of evading responsibility, reckless driving, driving the wrong way, following too close and failure to obey a control signal. There was no bond listed.
Correction made 5:30 p.m.
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