Connecticut State Police Cruiser Crashes During Pursuit of Kidnapping Suspect
A Connecticut State Police cruiser in Mystic was involved in a crash on Sunday night while assisting in the pursuit of a kidnapping suspect. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Seth Parenteau of Southbridge, MA, was being pursued into Connecticut from Rhode Island.
According to Stonington police, the trooper crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Route 27 and Coogan Boulevard at around 9:40 p.m. The initial investigation revealed that the trooper had exited Interstate 95 at exit 90 and was traveling south on Route 27 when the collision occurred.
Deputy Chief Todd Olson of the Stonington Police Department stated, “After the two vehicles collided, the Connecticut State Police cruiser veered into the Seaport Shell gas station parking lot and came to rest after striking an unoccupied parked vehicle. Both the Connecticut State Police Trooper and the operator of the second vehicle involved were transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.”
Stonington police patrol units quickly responded to the crash scene, and the department’s accident reconstruction unit was activated. The investigation into the crash was still ongoing as of Monday morning.
According to Deputy Chief Olson, “The Connecticut State Police cruiser involved in the accident was part of a motor vehicle pursuit that had originated in Rhode Island. Rhode Island State Police and Connecticut State Police were pursuing a reported kidnapping suspect.”
Rhode Island State Police were alerted by Southbridge, MA police to Parenteau’s actions around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Southbridge police had reported a kidnapping in their town and asked Rhode Island State Police to be on the lookout for a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, bearing Massachusetts registration 2MED54, driven by Parenteau.
Troopers from Rhode Island State Police spotted the suspect vehicle on Route 95 South in Providence and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. However, the suspect fled southbound, briefly entering Connecticut before re-entering Rhode Island. The troopers eventually stopped the vehicle without incident on Church Street in the Town of Richmond.
Contrary to earlier reports, the suspect vehicle did not crash during the pursuit. Parenteau was taken into custody, evaluated at Westerly Hospital, and later transported to Rhode Island State Police Headquarters.
Parenteau now faces charges of eluding, reckless driving, child endangerment, and obstruction. He is being held on $6,000 surety bail. A juvenile who was also in the suspect’s vehicle was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for evaluation and subsequently released to a representative from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families..