Connecticut man arrested after high-speed chase with State Police through Longmeadow


LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A Connecticut man is facing charges after a high-speed chase with State Police through Longmeadow late Wednesday night.

State Police Lt. Tom Ryan told 22News the chase began just after 11 p.m. when a trooper tried to stop a car on Longmeadow Street.

Ryan said the driver of the car, later identified as 19-year-old James Miller of Somers, Connecticut, drove away at a high rate of speed. The trooper tried to pull the car over again, but Miller allegedly continued to speed away.

The trooper eventually ended the chase but later came upon the vehicle, which had crashed and rolled onto its roof, and further down on Longmeadow Street near Wheel Meadow Drive.

After an investigation, State Police determined the vehicle was found to be stolen out of Connecticut and Miller was arrested.

He is facing the following charges:

  • speeding
  • failure to stop for an officer
  • marked lanes violation
  • passing violation
  • reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • receiving stolen property

Lt. Ryan said Miller refused medical treatment at the crash site and wasn’t complaining about injuries, so he was taken to the State Police barracks for booking. After several hours, however, he began to complain of back pain and was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment.

As of Thursday morning, Ryan said, Miller was still at Baystate in police custody. Miller is being held on $1,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned in Springfield District Court upon his release from the hospital.

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