Chase perpetrator pleads guilty

A Southbury man pleaded guilty recently in Superior Court in Litchfield on charges related to a 2014 police chase that resulted in a crash in Washington and injuries to officers.

Tyler Santoro, 32, pleaded guilty to engaging in a police pursuit, possession of narcotics, third-degree larceny interfering with police, and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

When he is sentenced Sept. 25, he will face a 15-year prison sentence, possibly to be suspended after five to nine years, followed by three years’ probation.

Santoro is being held on a $310,000 bond.

What began as a domestic dispute on Labor Day in 2014 in Southbury led to a dangerous car chase through Litchfield County, concluding with Santoro immobilized by a police Taser.

Police said Santoro stole a neighbor’s Chevrolet Blazer with a handgun inside and fled from his home in Southbury. Later that morning, a state trooper in Woodbury tried to stop the Chevy, which had been reported as a stolen car, but failed.

The trooper and a Woodbury police officer chased the car into Washington, where Santoro crashed into a tree along Wykeham Road at the Bell Hill intersection, police said.

He then backed the Blazer and tried to ram the two police cars, displayed the gun and ignored police orders to disarm.

When both officers shot at Santoro, he held a knife to his throat and cut himself, police said. The trooper then used a Taser to disable and disarm him.

Santoro was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, where he was treated for what were described as nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

The trooper and Woodbury police officer suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital.; 203-731-3352