4:50pm–#Westport CT–The Westport Police Department received a call from a resident reporting that they had returned home to find an unknown intruder inside their residence. Once confronted, the suspect left the residence without incident. A description of the suspect was obtained and given out to responding units. Officer Morrison observed a person fitting the description operating a black pick-up truck and leaving the immediate area. He attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect vehicle fled south on the Sherwood Island Connector at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle attempted to ram pursuing officers prior to merging onto I-95 North. The Connecticut State Police was made aware of the pursuit as Westport Officers continued behind the suspect northbound on I-95. Westport Officers lost sight of the suspect vehicle in traffic and broke off their pursuit.
The vehicle was observed by Connecticut State Police units who continued the pursuit N/B on I-95. Assisted by Bridgeport, and Stratford Police departments, the suspect was apprehended by a Stratford Officer after he bailed from his vehicle in the area of Cambridge Street in Stratford. Westport Officers responded to the scene, took custody of the suspect, and transported him back to Westport for processing.
Arrested: Kenneth E. Nichols (DOB 11/13/1965) LKA 145 Arbor Dr, Southport CT
Charges: Burglary 2nd degree (C.G.S 53a-102) Possession of Burglar’s Tools (C.G.S 53a-106) Reckless Endangerment (C.G.S. 53a-63) Criminal Attempt at Assault 2nd degree (C.G.S. 53a-49/53a-60)
Engaging Police in Pursuit (C.G.S. 14-223(b)) Reckless Driving (C.G.S. 14-222)
Nichols is being held on a bond of $50,000.00. He has a court date set for 01/11/2016
(Westport Police Press Release)