Police chase in City of Groton leads to crash and arrest

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Groton — A city police officer chased down and arrested an alleged drunken driver who police said fled from a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle.

The chase started a 12:43 a.m. Monday when Officer Jean Precourt attempted to stop a red Mazda traveling 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. The vehicle was reported stolen from New London.

The driver of the Mazda, later identified as 38-year-old Douglas M. McEwen, refused to stop as he entered the Mitchell Street area, heading towards the Five Corners section of the city. McEwen later crashed the Mazda on Rainville Avenue and fled his vehicle, leading to a foot chase. Precourt caught up with McEwen near Old Farm Road.

McEwen, of no known address, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree larceny of a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, driving without a license, engaging an officer in pursuit, evading responsibility and multiple motor vehicle violations. He was also cited for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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