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Police: Car crashes into fire chief’s Middlefield house

A Meriden man faces charges after police say he tried to evade state troopers and crashed his car into a house in Middlefield.

The house is owned by Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Tyc.

Edwin Rodriguez, 29, of 281 Hanover St., Meriden, was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating under suspension and failure to display marker plates.

According to police reports, a resident state trooper was patrolling in the area of Jackson Hill Road on Thursday night, March 27, when he saw a car without a rear license plate. The car turned onto Cedar Street, and the trooper followed and turned on his lights and siren to pull the car over. The driver accelerated when the lights and siren were turned on, reaching speeds between 60 and 70 miles an hour.

The trooper tried to catch up to the car, but had to slow down because of a curve in the road. The car lost control while making the turn and drove through a set of trees, struck four parked cars and came to rest on its side in the driveway of 104 Cedar St. Rodriguez was identified as the driver and was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Rodriguez was released $1,000 bail and is due in Middletown Superior Court on April 11.

One of the cars Rodriguez struck was a town-owned vehicle.

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