Ansonia man faces multiple charges after police chase ends in Shelton

A police pursuit that started in Ansonia Wednesday ended in Shelton.

According to police reports, on Aug. 21, Ansonia Police attempted to stop a gray Ford Taurus that was being operated by a Kelvin Whitehurst, age 27, of 62 Fifth Street, Ansonia, because there was a warrant out for his arrest in connection to a gun incident earlier this month.

Whitehurst refused to stop for police vehicles, reports allege, and led the officers on a pursuit on Route 8 southbound.  Whitehurst crashed the Ford into the guardrails near Exit 11, and fled the vehicle on foot.

Police followed, and after a foot chase, officers arrested Whitehurst in the parking lot of Burger King on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton.

Later, officers searched Whitehurst’s vehicle and allegedly found cocaine and several cell phones.

The Ansonia Police Department held an arrest warrant for Whitehurst in connection with a weapons violation incident that reportedly happened Aug. 14. Reports say Whitehurst, a convicted felon, was observed carrying a loaded firearm in the Maple Street Plaza, and fought with a police officer before throwing the firearm into a vehicle and running from the scene.  The firearm was recovered at the scene and determined to be stolen.

After being taken into custody on Aug. 21, Whitehurst was processed and charged on the active arrest with: Interfering with a police officer, assault on a police officer, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol, weapons in a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm and escape from custody.

Additionally, Whitehurst was charged possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, interfering with a police officer, operating under suspension, failure to obey officer’s signal, engaging in pursuit and evading responsibility in connection with the pursuit.

Whitehurst was held on a total bond of $350,000 and was to be arraigned at Derby Superior Court today.