Charges updated, name released, new details emerge in stolen van pursuit in Shelton
State Police have updated the charges against the man accused of leading state troopers on a protracted car chase in a stolen van from Westport to Shelton, where he was captured on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 11.
In addition, new details have emerged on the incident, which involved three motor vehicle accidents and led to the use of “stop sticks” on Route 8 in Shelton. The suspect was taken into custody on Constitution Boulevard South in Shelton at slightly past 9 a.m.
Keith Ellis, 24, of 160 Pine St., Waterbury, was charged with one count each of:
— first-degree larceny (motor vehicle theft)
— interfering with an officer (simple assault)
— disobeying the signal of an officer (in an attempt to elude escape)
— first-degree reckless endangerment (intimidation intended)
— reckless driving
— failure to submit to fingerprinting
— evading responsibility
— failure to maintain the proper lane
— operating without a license
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Bond was set at $100,000. Ellis was scheduled to appear before a judge today, Nov. 12, at Bridgeport Superior Court on Golden Hill Street.
New facts are disclosed
During the original incident that led to the car chase, Ellis allegedly collided the van he was driving with another vehicle when he changed lanes on Interstate 95 in Westport. Ellis then fled the scene by continuing to drive northbound on I-95 toward Bridgeport, police said.
The driver and an occupant in the other vehicle in the Westport incident were not injured, according to the State Police. The other vehicle sustained damage in the rear quarter panel.
The suspect allegedly was driving at speeds greater than 85 mph while trying to avoid being captured.
Once in custody, Ellis complained of neck and back pain and was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
Police realized the Mercedes Benz van was stolen after contacting its owner, who informed state troopers the van was reported as stolen earlier in the morning. The stolen van belonged to International Delights LLC of Clifton Park, N.J.