West Haven police arrest two after high-speed chase, recover stolen gun and narcotics

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WEST HAVEN — A high-speed pursuit led by West Haven Police Department officers resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of a stolen firearm and illicit drugs on March 30.

The incident began around 5:15 p.m. when a patrol officer, responding to a tip from a concerned citizen, spotted a silver Audi committing multiple traffic violations and speeding through intersections, ignoring stop signs.

The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle on Elm Street, but the driver accelerated, leading police on a chase toward New Haven.

Officers managed to deploy stop sticks, effectively flattening two of the Audi’s tires as it crossed into New Haven.

The car ultimately struck a curb and became immobilized on Sherman Parkway and Legion Avenue.

Two individuals were seen fleeing the disabled vehicle on foot, but were quickly apprehended after a chase, with assistance from the West Haven Police Department’s Street Crime Unit.

A search of the Audi revealed a stolen Glock 19 handgun, illegally modified to fire fully automatic, and equipped with a high-capacity magazine.

Additionally, officers found 240 bags of a substance believed to be fentanyl/heroin mixture.

The driver, identified as Tyquan M.

Ford, born Nov. 16, 2002, from New Haven, was discovered to be under an active protective order that prohibited him from possessing firearms.

Ford faces multiple charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession with intent to sell narcotics.

Nashon Reynolds, born May 11, 2001, was identified as the passenger and was charged with similar offenses, including illegal possession of an assault weapon and possession with intent to sell narcotics.

Both Ford and Reynolds were held on $350,000 bonds and are scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on April 1.

The West Haven Police Department commended the collaborative effort between officers and the community, which led to the successful apprehension of the suspects.

They also expressed gratitude to the individuals who reported the reckless vehicle and encouraged the public to continue reporting suspicious or dangerous activities by contacting the department at 203-937-3900.

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