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Stamford Woman, 27, Crashes Into Several Police Cars During Pursuit

Brittany McDow
Brittany McDow Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — It could have been a scene straight out of "Baby Driver" as a 27-year-old woman led Stamford police on a chase early Thursday, crashing into several parked cars as well as police cruisers along the way, police said.

The incident began at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when Officer Kevin Lochard spotted a gray Volkswagen Touareg traveling on Main Street with a headlight out, police said.

As Louchard attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver, later identified as Brittany McDow, sped off onto Washington Boulevard, police said.

The Touareg slammed into several parked cars in the Myano Lane area, then turned into a driveway on Oakwood Place, police said.

As officers approached, McDow put the car in reverse and tried to escape, police said. Lochard jumped out of the way to avoid being hit, police said.

McDow's car then jumped the curb and entered the wooded portion of Oakwood Place, ramming several police vehicles in the process and forcing another one into a tree, police said.

With her vehicle no longer drivable, McDow "continued to act as she was still driving" as officers approached, police said.

Officers broke the window of her car when she refused to open the door, police said. McDow then struggled with officers before being handcuffed, police said. She was taken to Stamford Hospital for treatment and later released.

McDow was charged with six counts of criminal mischief, assault on a police officer, evading responsibility, reckless operation, interfering with police, and engaging police in pursuit. She was also issued numerous citations for motor vehicle infractions.

She was uncooperative during the processing and refused to be fingerprinted or have her mugshot taken, police said. She was held on $250,000 bond "due her erratic behavior and her propensity to put officers and the public in danger," police said.

This was not the first time McDow engaged Stamford officers in a pursuit, police said.

In February 2014, she led officers on a pursuit onto Crescent Street, where she drove through two chainlink fences and rammed several police cars, police said. She was arrested at that time and was on probation for narcotic violations.

On Thursday, July 27, officers pulled over the same Volkswagen Touareg with McDow at the wheel for an equipment violation on East Main Street, police said. McDow refused to roll down her windows, then sped off, police said. Officers lost sight of her vehicle as it turned onto a side street, police said. Officers are working on an arrest warrant for that incident.

McDow was to be arraigned Thursday at Stamford Superior Court. More charges are expected be filed against her.

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