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Man arrested for allegedly stealing truck off highway, ramming police cruisers

A Wolcott man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a construction worker's truck from the highway in Southbury, ramming two police cruisers and trying to take a Trooper's firearm. 

State Police responded to Interstate 84 east near exit 13 just before 8am yesterday on a report that a passenber jumped out of a westbound vehicle, ran into the eastbound lanes and stole a truck.  The man, later determined to be 32-year old Christopher Brown, allegedly rammed into two occupied State Police cruisers parked in the median. Troopers started to chase Brown on foot, and he actively resisted. 

State Police say during the violent struggle, Brown attempted to take a State Trooper’s firearm from his holster.  Civilian drivers in the area stopped to help the troopers, who eventually deployed a Taser.

Brown was taken into custody and transported to a hospital.  Two troopers were taken to an area hospital for minor injuries. The civilians were not injured.

Brown was charged with two counts of assault using a motor vehicle; two counts of assault; reckless endangerment; criminal attempt at assault; criminal possession of a firearm, ammunition or defense weapon; two counts of assaulting a public safety officer; two counts of interfering with or resisting an officer; larceny, reckless driving and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension.

Brown is being held on $1 million bond and is set to appear in court in Waterbury this morning.

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