North Haven man arrested after fleeing police, nearly striking officer

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NORTH HAVEN — A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after allegedly attempting to block a police traffic stop and leading officers on a pursuit that ended in New Haven.

Jose Andres Rodriguez-Diaz faces multiple charges including attempted assault of a police officer and reckless driving following the incident, which began around 5:15 p.m. on Maple Avenue, North Haven police said.

An officer was attempting to stop several all-terrain vehicles and a pickup truck carrying an ATV when a blue sedan intervened, trying to block the officer.

Police said the sedan nearly ran the officer off the road before fleeing.

North Haven officers pursued the sedan but lost sight of it in New Haven.

The vehicle was later located on Davenport Avenue in New Haven, where Rodriguez-Diaz was taken into custody.

Rodriguez-Diaz, described by police as a convicted felon, was charged with attempted assault of a police officer, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, misuse of plates and operating under suspension.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

North Haven police expressed gratitude for assistance from the New Haven Police Department.

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