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Wolcott man attempts escape from state police custody

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WATERBURY – A Wolcott man tried to escape from a state police cruiser after being arrested the day before.

On Friday, according to police, Kenneth Lyden, 32,of Cliff Street in Wolcott, was arrested for multiple charges including engaging in a pursuit and assaulting a police officer.

These charges stemmed from a pursuit on Interstate 84 westbound in the area of exit 10 on Friday just after 3 a.m. after an attempted traffic stop for speeding.

Police said Lyden refused to stop and during the pursuit, stop sticks were deployed unsuccessfully as Lyden drove off the roadway at a high rate of speed towards a trooper who was outside his cruiser.

Police shot at his vehicle and hit it but the vehicle continued off exit 6 through several towns before crashing in the area of Route 7 and Route 37 in New Milford.

After the crash, Lyden exited his vehicle and fought state troopers and Danbury police officers. During the fight, a Taser was used on the suspect and he was eventually handcuffed.

Several of the state troopers involved were treated and released from Danbury Hospital.

Lyden was charged with criminal attempt at first-degree assault, two counts of assault on an officer, reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving and misuse of license plates. and held on a $250,000 bond.

On Saturday, Lyden was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, for a medical evaluation.

Upon his release late Saturday morning, he was to be taken by the state police to the Litchfield barracks, where he would await his arraignment.

While the trooper attempted to secure Lyden in the cruiser for transport, Leyden was able to escape from custody and gain control of the vehicle.

He was quickly apprehended in Waterbury a short time later, with the assistance of Waterbury and Prospect police.

There were no injuries in Satruday’s incident.

He will appear in Danbury Court on Monday to be arraigned. Further charges are forthcoming as a result of this incident and the incident remains under investigation.