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Suspect in East Haven chase turns himself in

Jonathan Diaz-Moore Theresa Cogdell

EAST HAVEN — A suspect who police said fled after being chased by officers Sunday has been caught.

Jonathan Diaz-Moore, 20, was apprehended Monday and turned over to his probation officer. He is currently incarcerated and will be charged with East Haven’s charges once an arrest warrant affidavit is issued and served on him.

Police said on Sunday that an officer was alerted by a license plate reader that a car that just passed him, a gray BMW, was reported stolen out of West Haven on Friday.  A short time later, another officer spotted the vehicle traveling east on Saltonstall Parkway towards Branford.  The officer tried to stop on the vehicle, but the driver ignored him and drove into Branford, leading police on a chase.

Branford Police joined the chase and both departments stopped the chase after the stolen car hit another car at the intersection of West Main Street and Short Beach Road.  The BMW continued on and police lost it after it headed west on West Main Street, heading back to East Haven.

Police said a short time later, they found the unoccupied, disabled BMW in the middle of Frontage Road, underneath the I-95 overpass. Police found the car’s passenger, Theresa Cogdell, 21, a short time later in the area of Pardee Place and arrested her after a brief foot chase.  Cogdell was charged with third-degree larceny and interfering with an officer.  She was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on September 12.

Police said they spotted the driver, Moore, and chased him on foot through several back yards but lost him after he headed east on Kimberly Avenue, through backyards and over fences.

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