Fugitive trucker rams trooper’s cruiser in I-95 chase
A wanted fugitive driving a Peterbilt tractor, rammed a State Police cruiser during an eight-mile chase on I-95 Wednesday afternoon.
Troopers said that after his truck tires become disabled with stop sticks, the fugitive tried to escape by running across the northbound lanes of I-95.
The trucker - identified as Michael Anthony Salvaggi, 53, of Somerset, Pa. - was wanted by the FBI on numerous arrest warrants from several states.
The incident began around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when Salvaggi’s red Peterbilt tractor, without a trailer, was spotted near I-95 Exit 67 in Old Saybrook.
According to state police, “Salvaggi engaged Old Saybrook police in pursuit as they attempted to pull him over. The pursuit entered I-95 southbound. Troopers from Troop F in Westbrook then joined the pursuit and eventually assumed primary responsibility.”
As the pursuit approached Exit 62 in Madison, “Salvaggi swerved right and intentionally rammed a state police cruiser. The state police cruiser sustained significant damage and the trooper suffered minor injuries,” Trooper Thomas Kelo said in a report.
A Madison police sergeant, who was stationed at the Exit 62 ramp, deployed stop sticks and successfully managed to blow out the tires of the truck.
“The fleeing vehicle became disabled a short distance ahead and Salvaggi attempting to flee on foot by running across the northbound travel lanes of I-95 northbound,” Kelo wrote.
Salvaggi was captured after a brief pursuit.
He was charged with engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, interfering with police, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, assault on a police officer and being a fugiive from justice.
He was held on a $1 million bond and will appear in New Haven Superior Court on Thursday.
The trooper was treated and released from a local hospital.