New Milford man held on $80K bond
Published 4:54 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
New Milford police caught a 25-year-old local man Tuesday, April 15 who was wanted on charges related to a police chase through downtown in late January.
Matthew Giannone of Old Stilson Hill Road in New Milford had been arrested March 23 by state police Troop L on narcotics and burglary charges.
He was held Wednesday on $75,000 court-set bond through Waterbury Superior Court.
Giannone had engaged state troopers in a high-speed pursuit March 23 similar to the car chase he engaged in with New Milford police Jan. 25, according to court documents.
He was charged Tuesday in the Jan. 25 incident with engaging police in pursuit and six other speeding related charges and held on an additional $5,000 bond.
The Jan. 25 car chase with New Milford police began when Officer Frank Masi recognized Giannone's vehicle as it pulled out of the Citgo station at 4 East Street at approximately 11:42 p.m.
Masi knew from conversations with Giannone's father, a local bail bondsman, Giannone was "allegedly selling and using narcotics" and, as of Jan. 7, there existed a felony warrant for him with a $50,000 bond attached, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The car chase traveled from East Street, to Bridge Street and north on Main Street at speeds of 54 miles per hour in a 20 miles per hour zone, the warrant states.
Giannone drove through the stop sign at Elm Street, then onto Bennitt Street and proceeded north on Housatonic Avenue as Masi informed dispatch to alert other officers in the area.
As Giannone's Volkswagen Jetta sped through a stop sign, turning north along Aspetuck Ridge Road, then right on Wells Road and left on Wellsville Avenue, it passed Officer Rayden Arnold, and kept speeding, the warrant states.
The roads were icy and snow covered. At that point, a third officer had engaged in pursuit, as the Volkswagen traveled with headlights switched off to avoid detection, the warrant states.
A short time later, Sgt. Katherine Massicotte advised all units to disengage from pursuit of the Volkswagen, the warrant states.
Giannone's next court dates will be May 13 in Superior Court in Waterbury and May 15 in Superior Court in Bantam.
Both court appearances will be to enter pleas.