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2 arrested following chase, crash that closed I-691

One suspect held on $1.5 million bond

MERIDEN, Conn. — Two people were arrested Monday after a chase, an attempted carjacking, and a crash on Interstate 691 in Meriden.

Trayquan Ford, 25, was held on a $1.5 million bond after being charged with:

  • Misuse of registration plates
  • Reckless driving 
  • Engaging in pursuit 
  • Carrying a pistol without a permit 
  • Weapons in a motor vehicle 
  • Criminal use of a firearm 
  • Criminal possession of a firearm 
  • Interfering with Police 
  • Robbery first degree 
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery first degree 
  • Larceny second degree 
  • Conspiracy to commit larceny second degree

Manasia Bennett, 19, was held on a $500,000 bond after being charged with:

  • Interfering with Police 
  • Robbery first degree 
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery first degree 
  • Larceny second degree 
  • Conspiracy to commit larceny second degree

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Police said an officer saw a Dodge Caliber traveling in the area of Colony Street and Platt Avenue with an invalid paper registration plate which came back with no registration information. Police said they had information that Ford was operating a similar vehicle and that he had recently escaped from a transitional halfway house after being released from prison. 

Police said they tried to stop the Dodge, but it did not pull over. The driver then fled onto the highway and then off and into a fence, leaving the vehicle disabled.

Police said Ford and the front seat passenger, Bennett, are accused of fleeing from the Dodge and attempting to carjack another motorist at gunpoint. 

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Police said approached Ford while he was in the carjacking victim’s car. He then fled on foot from the vehicle and ran across the I-691 west while holding a pistol in his hand followed by Meriden police.

Ford was apprehended behind a residence on Bee Street. Police said they found a loaded Taurus 9 mm pistol with an extended magazine.

Police said Ford is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The Connecticut State Police will be conducting the investigation related to the crash that occurred on the highway

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