Police: Larceny Suspect Allegedly Struck Cop's Car

A Bridgeport man faces several charges after he allegedly engaged police in pursuit just after midnight on Thursday.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly shoplifted from Walgreens and struck a patrol vehicle with his own car, police said.

Mark Goncalves, 35, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, misuse of plates, operating an unregistered vehicle, and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to the report.

Goncalves allegedly entered Walgreens (740 Villa Avenue) shortly after midnight on Wednesday and concealed $143 worth of merchandise underneath his jacket, according to the report. He then attempted to flee in a vehicle with numerous violations and engaged the responding officer in pursuit, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said.

During the pursuit, Goncalves' car reportedly struck several other cars, including a patrol sergeant's vehicle, according to the report. The suspect abandoned his vehicle and led police on a foot pursuit until three officers detained him in the backyard of a Lynnbrook Avenue home, Lussier said.

Goncalves was held in lieu of a $2,000 bond. His court date was not available at the time of the report.


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