A New Haven man faces a felony charge after a high-speed chase that ended in a restaurant booth on Purdy Street, police say.
Todd Reynolds, 32, eventually told police he tried to escape because he was smoking marijuana. He avoided pursuing officers for about 90 minutes before he was nabbed sitting down for dinner at . No one was hurt during the chase.
Harrison Police joined Westchester County Police in the pursuit of a blue Infiniti just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 as it was speeding northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway. Police clocked Reynolds in a blue Infiniti traveling 103 mph as he tried to lose a Westchester County police officer. Reynolds then drove the wrong way onto the North Street exit ramp, forcing several cars from the road, police said.
The pursuit continued on North Street, where police say they clocked Reynolds driving 91 mph in a 40 mph zone before they lost site of his vehicle. At 6:30 p.m. a Harrison EMS worker called police, saying he found the car involved in the chase discarded in the parking lot behind on Halstead Avenue.
Police conducted a search of the area, and by 7:15 found Reynolds eating in a booth inside .
While police approached Reynolds he put his hands above his head and said "I'm sorry, I'm sorry". When asked why he tried to escape Reynolds said he was scared because he had been smoking weed, according to his arrest report.
While trying to flee from a possible misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, Reynolds earned himself a felony reckless endangerment charge along with misdemeanor unlawful fleeing police and reckless driving charges. He was also ticketed twice for speeding.
Reynolds was remanded to Westchester County Jail until his court date earlier this week.