Bank robbery suspect causes Route 7 crash
A man wanted for a Torrington bank robbery led police on a chase Tuesday, March 24 before crashing along Danbury Road (Route 7 South).
Police said Christopher Basigalup robbed a TD Bank in Torrington Tuesday just before 9 a.m. and fled with an undetermined amount of money.
As local police searched for the bank robber, who they quickly determined to be Basigalup, 46, of Torrington, a state trooper noticed a motor vehicle violation on a pickup truck traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near exit 6 in Danbury, according to police.
The trooper tried to stop the truck at about 10 a.m., but the driver ignored the lights and sirens and refused to stop, police said.
The driver, who was later identified as Basigalup, left the highway at exit 2 and then re-entered on the eastbound side, continuing to lead the trooper on a pursuit, according to a news release.
Police said Basigalup left I-84 again at exit 7, entering Route 7 northbound. He eventually struck the rear of a box truck that was in slow-moving traffic in New Milford, near the Brookfield border, according to police.
Basigalup, who had to be extricated from his pickup truck, was taken to Danbury Hospital with serious injuries, police said.
The driver of the box truck did not appear to be injured, but was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Police said evidence at the crash scene linked Basigalup to the Torrington incident.
The accident closed at least two Route 7 lanes for hours, causing heavy delays throughout the day, as police continued to investigate the scene.
Those with information useful to investigators can call 860-489-2036.
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