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Massachusetts man faces multiple charges after vehicle theft, crash, fight with state troopers

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Norwich — A Lowell, Mass., man is in custody on multiple charges stemming from a June 18 vehicle theft in Norwich, followed by a crash on Interstate 395, an attempted carjacking and an altercation with state troopers, Norwich police said.

Yheresis Millan, 28, was charged with one count each of third-degree larceny of a motor vehicle, disobeying the signal of an officer, failure to drive right, robbery involving an occupied vehicle, second-degree breach of peace, interfering with police, third-degree criminal mischief, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance, assault on a police officer and two counts of reckless driving.

Millan is in state Department of Correction custody in lieu of a $200,000 cash bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Norwich Superior Court.

According to a news release by Norwich police, officers were called to Central Avenue in Greeneville on June 18 for a report of a stolen vehicle, with the caller stating she was watching her vehicle being driven away south on Central Avenue.

A Norwich police officer spotted the vehicle on East Main Street but did not pursue the vehicle. State police then found the vehicle at the I-395 Exit 13 ramp after a crash. State police told Norwich police that troopers were engaged in a fight with the suspect, then took him into custody with assistance from a K-9 unit. Troopers also reported that the man had attempted to steal another occupied vehicle during the altercation with troopers.

Millan refused to identify himself and was transported to Backus Hospital for undisclosed injuries.

On June 19, with Millan still in custody at the hospital, Norwich police received assistance from Hartford police to provide a portable fingerprinting machine. The fingerprint scan identified Millan, and police learned he was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on an extraditable warrant on a charge of violation of federal probation. He was transferred to state DOC custody at the hospital, said Sgt. Avery Marsh of Norwich police.

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