Two charged after stolen car crashes near Westfarms

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West Hartford crash

WEST HARTFORD — Police said two people were charged in connection with a stolen car that crashed near Westfarms Mall, Tuesday morning.

West Hartford Police said they received a report of a stolen car traveling at a high rate of speed on New Britain Avenue around 3:50 a.m.

Officers saw the car as it passed them, and tried to pursue it, but the car was too far ahead of their location.

A short time later they found the car had crashed in front of Westfarms Mall on New Britain Avenue. Police said the occupants ran from the scene, but were located a short time later.

Police arrested Eric Ruiz, 18, of New Britain, and charged him with larceny,  reckless driving, interfering with an officer, criminal trover, and possession of burglary tools. He He was held on $75,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. A juvenile was also taken into custody, treated for an ankle injury and released to their family.

Police said the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Hartford and a shaved key was believed to have been used to steal the car.  The car was heavily damaged.

Police reminded residents to lock their vehicles at night, after a series of overnight vehicle thefts.