Police: Cooking oil robbery leads to freeway chase; 2 Arrested – Boston News, Weather, Sports

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — Two New York men led Connecticut police in a more than 50-mile chase down Interstate 95 Thursday in a rental car loaded with stolen cooking oil, hitting another car and injuring a woman the way, police said.

The episode began around 9:30 a.m. when the owner of an Old Saybrook pizza joint reported that he had confronted some would-be oil thieves at his facility and then saw them attempt the same at a nearby restaurant, the Old Saybrook Police Department said in a press release.

The pizza shop owner, Stavros Gianitsos, said NBC Connecticut that such raids happened frequently in the area.

Workers at the second restaurant confronted the men, who then drove away, Old Saybrook police said. They said officers told the driver to stop, but he kept driving, hit another car in Westbrook – taking an elderly woman to a hospital in stable condition – and pulled onto the freeway.

Connecticut State Police gave chase. They eventually used flat-tire stoppers to bring the truck to a stop along I-95 in Westport, the soldiers said in a news release. They said the two men in the truck ran into the woods but the police caught up with them.

The 26-year-old driver, from Yonkers, New York, and his 22-year-old passenger, from the Bronx, were arrested on separate charges. Both are due in court on Friday.

Old Saybrook police said they impounded the truck and found more than 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of stolen cooking oil. They said the vehicle was three days past the return date to a rental office in Hawthorne, New York.

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