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Man arrested for alleged shoplifting incident, police pursuit

A man has been arrested for an alleged shoplifting incident in Southbury this fall, which led to a pursuit and the officer nearly being struck by the suspect's car.  29-year old William McBride was charged Thursday with larceny, engaging police in pursuit, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension, interfering with an officer/resisting arrest, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.  THe incident started at Stop & Shop in the Southbury Plaza on September 10th.  An officer stopped McBride as he drove away, but the man allegedly sped back in reverse before nearly running over the officer's foot.  Another officer was led in pursuit onto Route 6 and I-84, where McBride reportedly reached 95 mph.  The Newstimes reports that he nearly collided with several motor vehicles, making multiple traffic violations before the chase was called off.  Police in Oxford were then led in pursuit and allegedly struck a police cruiser.  Police ran the vehicle’s license plate number and determined that the vehicle was registered to a Hamden woman who said McBride had borrowed her car to pick up a check.

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