Man charged with crossing I-84, stealing construction worker’s vehicle and ramming cruisers

MIDDLEBURY, CT (WFSB) – A man crossed Interstate 84 in Middlebury on Thursday, stole a construction vehicle, then rammed two state police cars, troopers said.

Robert Brown, 31, has been identified as the suspect.

An extended left lane closure was planned in the area of ​​I-84 East at Exit 16 and the South Street Overpass.

Connecticut State Police shared details of the incident.

They said their preliminary information indicated that just before 8 a.m. Thursday, soldiers from A Troop were dispatched to the eastbound Exit 13 area of ​​I-84 for a report of a vehicle civilian actively robbed.

It was reported that a passenger jumped from another vehicle traveling westbound on I-84 and crossed the freeway on the east side.

The suspect, later identified as Brown, then stole a construction worker’s personal truck, continued east and intentionally rammed two occupied state police cars into the median, troopers said .

A foot chase ensued for about 300 yards.

State police said Brown actively resisted troopers’ efforts to bring him into custody as well as the efforts of off-duty troopers and two civilian motorists who pulled over to help.

A Taser was used and Brown was arrested by soldiers.

Two soldiers were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Civilians who stopped to help were unhurt.

Brown was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, state police said.

Brown’s original pilot was located and arrested; however, soldiers said the individual was not arrested and was released from the scene.

State Police Western District Major Crime and Collision Analysis Reconstruction Teams responded to assist in the investigation.

They called the investigation active and ongoing.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Troop A in Southbury at 203-267-2200.

Alice F. Ponder