Lyme man charged in vandalism spree arrested after police chase

Victor Farrell
Victor Farrell

Lyme — A man already facing charges related to more than a dozen cases of vandalism now has been charged with leading police on a multi-town chase.

Victor Farrell, 19, of 25 Honey Hill Road was charged Saturday with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to grant right of way, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, carrying a dangerous weapon, using a vehicle without the owner’s permission, interfering with an officer and threatening.

According to a state police summary of the incident, police began searching for the orange Jeep Wrangler that Farrell allegedly was driving because Lyme police reported it was taken without the owner's permission. Officers first spotted the Wrangler in Old Saybrook.

Police said the driver of the Wrangler traveled recklessly and at high speed through Old Saybrook, Essex and Deep River before turning on to a dead-end road in Chester.

It was there that Deep River Officer Raymond Sypher, still in pursuit of the Wrangler, got out of his vehicle and instructed the driver to stop the car and turn it off.

According to police, the driver refused, instead revving the engine and moving toward Sypher. Sypher then physically removed the driver from the Wrangler, which had no side door. Because the Jeep was still in drive, it rolled forward into Sypher’s car, police said.

Police, who identified the driver as Farrell, said Farrell struggled with Sypher. Two troopers who had arrived on scene helped take him into custody, police said.

Farrell, held on a $5,000 bond, is next due in Middletown Superior Court on Sept. 29.

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