FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A police chase of speeding car on the Black Rock Turnpike ended with the driver assaulting the officers and the officers in turn Tasering the man late Wednesday night, Fairfield police said.
It began when a Fairfield police officer attempted to stop a man speeding on Black Rock Turnpike in a 2002 Ford pickup, according to the police report.
The driver, identified as George Zachos, 64, of Fairfield, sped up after the officer turned on the lights and sirens, police said. Zachos attempted to lose the officer by making several turns and nearly hit several vehicles as he sped away, police said.
Zachos turned onto Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport heading the wrong way into oncoming traffic, police said. He then hit a car at Fairfield Avenue and Sherman Street before driving into a yard and hitting bushes, police said. The car was stuck, and Zachos attempted to back up, the police report said.
Officers blocked in Zachos to prevent him from leaving or from injuring witnesses who had gathered, police said. He refused to follow police instructions when asked to get out of the car, the police report said.
Zachos tried to climb out of the driver's side window, however officers detained him there, police said. He fought against the arrest, grabbing officers' arms and uniforms and punching at them, according to the police report. He attempted to grab the neck of one officer before the officers used the Taser on him, the police report said.
Even after being Tasered, Zachos continued to resist arrest, the police report said. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment after the Taser shot, police said.
While taking Zachos into custody, officers found a bag of marijuana in his wallet, police said.
Pending his release from the hospital, police are charging Zachos with assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit and possession of marijuana. He is being held on $100,000 bond and was given a court date of Aug. 19.