23-Year-Old New Haven Man Arrested After Weekend Pursuit

NEW HAVEN – Over the holiday weekend, 23-year-old Esvin Leopoldo Lima-Sarceno crashed into a box truck after he led the cops on a wrong-way chase.

Officer David Hartman told on Tuesday that the motor vehicle got heavily damaged, but Lima-Sarceno managed to get out and tried to escape the accident spot by running away on foot.

According to Hartman, the chase started around 1:18 a.m. on Monday after Officer Rafael Ramirez heard the sound of screeching tires as Lima-Sarceno turned south onto State Street near Chapel Street. He was going the wrong way on a divided road towards oncoming traffic.

Lima-Sarceno was stopped by Ramirez as he turned on his police lights. However, before the officer approached the SUV, Lima-Sarceno escaped to the Hill neighborhood. He hit a parked box truck at the intersection of spring and Dewitt streets in which no one was present. He then took a turn to Howard Avenue where 2 other cops, Horatio Hinds and Andrew Tomer, collaborated with Ramirex in handling him.

Lima-Sarceno complained of a headache for which he was taken to the hospital. Luckily, he didn’t sustain any serious injury in the accident.

Cops smelled the odor of alcohol on Lima-Sarceno’s breath. According to a report, he told the cops that he had been consuming alcohol since 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lima-Sarceno was driving without a license and the investigation revealed that the SUV had been wanted in relation to an assault on Grand Avenue

Lima-Sarceno faced multiple charges including:

  • Evading responsibility
  • Engaging police in chase
  • Disobeying an officer’s signal
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Interfering with police

He is not charged for driving under the influence of alcohol as the result of his BAC level test result is pending. The case is still under investigation by the police.

News Source: www.NHRegister.com

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