COLCHESTER — A 21-year-old man was arrested following an incident in St. Albans this morning.
Police say they attempted to stop a vehicle for a motor vehicle infraction on Porters Point Road near the intersection of Church Road at around 8:40 a.m.
The vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Liberty failed to stop for the officer’s blue lights and continued west on Porters Point Road at speeds between 50 and 65 miles-per-hour.
Police say it appeared to be a man with a female passenger.
The vehicle passed through the four-way intersection of Holy Cross and Colchester Point Road without stopping and continued onto Porters Point Road.
Police say they discontinued the active pursuit for safety concerns but continued to travel down Porters Point Road as it is a dead end.
They located the vehicle as it was turning around in a driveway.
The Jeep then pulled forward and intentionally struck the front of the police vehicle.
As it passed, the Jeep also struck the left rear corner of the police vehicle and continued east on Porters Point Road.
Police say they then pursued the Jeep due to the driver’s reckless and dangerous actions.
The pursuit continued on Porters Point Road, through the intersection of Prim Road onto Macrea Road.
The Jeep stopped at the terminus of Macrea Road and the driver, identified as Daniel Lambert, was taken into custody at around 8:50 a.m.
As officers approached the vehicle, in addition to the 21-year-old female passenger, two children under the age of two were found in car seats in the rear seat of the Jeep.
Lambert was lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility on $1,500 bail on charges of attempting to elude a police officer, gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault on a police officer, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child under two, and violation of conditions of release.
Police say no injuries were reported in this incident.