In Wilton: Hot pursuit on Route 7

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 29, a police chase ensued for 20 minutes up and down Route 7 and on other Wilton roads after a driver that had been stopped for a non-visible registration plate sped off as the investigating officer was approaching the door of his car.
According to police, the officer was almost hit as Marlon E. Sumner-Harris, 19, of 88 Taylor Avenue, Norwalk, made his escape at about 2 a.m. with a juvenile passenger.
Sumner-Harris was eventually apprehended on Hurlbutt Street when he stopped for an officer who was parked in the middle of the road with spike strips on either side of the cruiser.“It was great positioning by one of our officers,” said Lt. Stephen Brennan.
Police had pursued Sumner-Harris on Route 7, Westport Road (Route 33), Chestnut Hill (Route 53) and Hurlbutt Street, with speeds on Route 7 reaching up to 100 miles per hour.
“He went down to the Westport town line, stopped; they tried boxing him in; he almost struck one of the police cruisers that was stationary, and then he accelerated and went up the road and went through side streets,” Brennan said, “but...the majority of it was 7 and 33, and he turned eventually onto 53 and went down Hurlbutt, and was stopped there.”
By that point, police were obligated to perform a felony stop. That means their guns were out and aimed and Sumner-Harris was ordered to exit his vehicle and surrender.
Police said he complied with their orders and was non-combatant at that time.
Though there was a small amount of marijuana found inside his 1993 Ford Ranger, police said Sumner-Harris fled because he had no license, registration or insurance.
Sumner-Harris was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, failure to display a registration plate, engaging pursuit, reckless driving, speeding as to endanger, and reckless endangerment.
He posted a $1,000 surety bond and was released, with a court date of Sept. 10.
Route 7 mayhem
Just a few hours earlier, speeding and drunk driving combined for more trouble on Route 7.
On Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:42 p.m., Lender Eduardo Andeliz-Ortega, 19, of 261 Ely Avenue, Norwalk, was arrested on charges of DUI, DUI under 21, no insurance, and speeding in the area of Danbury Road and Old Highway.
According to police, Andeliz-Ortega was seen heading southbound on Route 7 past Diamond Deli at a speed of 74 miles per hour where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. He had three passengers in the car.
Andeliz-Ortega displayed signs of being intoxicated when stopped and failed to perform a standardized field sobriety test to standard.
His vehicle was towed, and the passengers were brought to police headquarters where they caught a taxi home.
Once inside the police department, Andeliz-Ortega was breathalyzed, showing a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1131. A second test roughly 40 minutes later showed a concentration of 0.1024. The legal limit is 0.08.
Andeliz-Ortega was released on a promise to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Sept. 10.
According to the HAN Network print archives, nine DUIs were logged during the month of August, eight of which occurred on Route 7.
In one case, the accused was driving unreasonably fast in addition to being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.