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Westport Police: Man Crashes Car, Leads Officers, K-9 On Chase

Derek Mushro Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
Westport police arrest a man after he fled into woods following car crash. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Westport man tried to evade police by running into the woods early Saturday after a car accident, but he was located after he called his home while officers were there helping them to track him down, police said.

Derek Mushro, 24, was charged with interfering with an officer, evading responsibility, reckless driving and failure to drive in a proper lane. His bond was set at $5,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 21.

Officers were sent to the area of 100 Imperial Ave. after a report of a loud crash at about 1:30 a.m., police said. When they arrived, officers discovered an unoccupied vehicle on the side of the road with heavy front-end damage, police said.

The driver had walked away from the scene, but he was spotted by an officer a short distance away, police said. The suspect ran despite orders from the officer to stop, police said.

A State Police K-9 unit responded to the area to help locate the suspect, who had run into the woods off Imperial Avenue, police said.

Eventually, the suspect made phone contact with his family, while officers were at his home, police said. Those officers relayed his location to other officers, who found him near Franklin Avenue, police said. After determining that Mushro had not been injured in the accident, he was taken into custody, police said.

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