Hannah Casperson is a Connecticut woman who was arrested after police said she rammed a Hummer into multiple police vehicles during a chase in Waterbury and Monroe. The wild video you can see above shows the start of the Waterbury chase. Video from a Waterbury officer’s body camera video shows Casperson driving the Hummer into the officer’s SUV he was using to block the end of a dead end street on Sunday April 3, 2022. Casperson was wanted on burglary and theft charges and a parole violation, officials said at a news conference April 4.
According to police, Casperson, 25, fled Brookfield, then from the officer and was chased to Monroe. During the pursuit, Casperson crashed into several Waterbury and Monroe police vehicles. Seven officers were injured, none with life-threatening wounds, and Casperson was also injured in her crash. Casperson is facing several new charges along with what she wanted before the prosecution, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear if Casperson had hired an attorney to speak on her behalf. Police said the lobster was owned by a member of Casperson’s family.
Waterbury Police Chief Fernando C. Spagnolo told a news conference: “This is an appalling situation which we at Police have just had to deal with. I think that all the officials involved did a spectacular job. As you can see from the body camera footage, there came a time when this officer’s life was in danger, he feared for his life, he drew his gun and he had the strength and stamina not to use deadly physical force even though he was with fatal physical violence and I applaud the actions of this officer.”
The Waterbury Police officer told dispatchers before the Hummer sped through his SUV that the road was “closed off” and there was “no way out”.
Police said in a press release that the incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on April 3, 2022 in the Rutledge Street and East Main Street area. Another video filmed by a bystander also shows the Waterbury incident. You can watch the video above.
Video released by Waterbury Police shows an unidentified officer who officials said had stopped to speak with Casperson about the city’s recent thefts and walked up to Casperson’s Hummer. In the video, the officer can be heard: “I blocked the road. No way out.” The officer can also be heard telling Casperson the road is closed. In the video, the officer attempts to open the door to the white Hummer H2 and the tires can be heard spinning before the driver, who identified by police as Casperson, peels off the dead end.
As the officer runs after the Hummer, he can be heard telling dispatchers, “It’s picking up, but it’s blocked. … She hits my squad car, oh my god. She’s ramming my cruiser on Rutledge.” Then the officer yells at Casperson, “Stop, you’ve got nowhere to go! Stop!” He then points his gun at the Hummer as it backs up and speeds in front of the police SUV. Bystanders at a nearby store watch as the officer continues to shout for the Hummer to stop as he points his gun at it Casperson then resets the Hummer and races around the Hummer as the video shows.
Police said: “Officers attempted to contact Casperson, who was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle when she then accelerated her vehicle and collided with the police cruiser before fleeing the area and another police cruiser at Brass Mill Drive and East Main met before she entered westbound Interstate 1-84.”
The police press release added: “Casperson later lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole in the area of Wheeler Rd and Monroe Turnpike (Route 111) in Monroe, CT. WPD officers took Casperson into police custody at that location and took her by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Casperson has multiple outstanding warrants and additional charges pending. This incident is an active investigation involving multiple agencies.”
Hannah Casperson was charged with 7 assaults on a police officer, reckless endangerment and multiple other charges and is being held on $750,000 bail
The chase ended at around 9:20 a.m. at Monroe, that city’s police department it says in a press release. According to police, Hannah Casperson was charged with seven counts of assaulting a public safety officer, three counts of criminal attempted assault on a public safety officer, reckless first-degree endangerment, disturbing an officer, and failure to insure a private vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, Failure to obey a stop sign, wrong turn signal, not following the correct lane, evading responsibility, police involvement in a pursuit, reckless driving and unreasonably fast driving.
Casperson is being held on $750,000 bail, according to Monroe Police. She was charged at St Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, where she is being treated for injuries she sustained in the accident that ended the pursuit on April 4, police said. Seven Waterbury police officers were injured and seven Waterbury police vehicles were damaged, Monroe Police said. According to police, Casperson escaped the Hummer on foot after crashing into the telephone pole before being taken into custody by Waterbury officers.
Additional charges could be brought against Casperson in connection with the April 3 incident and police also said they are being investigated in Waterbury, Wolcott and Monroe. Waterbury Police said the damage totaled more than $135,000. Officers suffered injuries ranging from lower back and neck strains to contusions on their wrists and hands, and all were treated and discharged from area hospitals. Casperson suffered a broken femur and a dislocated hip, police said.
Waterbury Police Chief Spagnolo said at the press conference that local police had been searching for Casperson in connection with crimes she was suspected of and asked for the public’s help in locating her and the white Hummer she was allegedly driving . “A pretty obvious vehicle,” he said. The boss said they received a tip that led the officer to Casperson before the pursuit.
Casperson was previously convicted of criminal mischief after she was caught “smashing” a man’s car at a gas station during a domestic dispute.
According to Spagnolo, Casperson was wanted for questioning in connection with burglary and larceny cases and was also wanted on a probation violation resulting from an arrest and conviction in a 2020 case. Court records show Casperson was convicted of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree failure to appear in court in November 2021. She was sentenced to six months in prison, with that sentence suspended (meaning she didn’t have to spend it on remand at any time) and 18 months probation. Later in November 2021, she was charged with disturbing an officer and a probation violation warrant was issued in January 2022.
The 2020 incident stemmed from a domestic dispute at a Southbury petrol station, according to a Danbury News-Times article at the time. A 911 caller reported that a woman, later identified as Casperson, “smashed into his car,” the newspaper reported. The police then received a call from a woman who was “hysterical and unable to provide any information”.
The News-Times wrote: “Around this time, Southbury Police discovered a white BMW 320 Xi on Riverhill Road with damage to the passenger door and a broken switch controlling the wipers and began investigating. Casperson was subsequently arrested and charged with third degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.”
Casperson and a man previously taken into custody are accused of breaking into 41 vehicles in Wolcott days before the chase and police say they have a “significant drug problem”.
According to Spagnolo, “Hannah Casperson and an accomplice, Thomas Crawford, have been operating in the Greater Waterbury area for well over a month and have been involved in a number of different robberies, a number of different incidents of theft and property destruction, not just here in Waterbury but in Wolcott and several other towns around the city. There was an incident up in Wolcott on Friday involving Hannah and Thomas. Crawford was taken into custody at this point, but Casperson escaped.”
Spagnolo said Casperson faces charges of theft and larceny. She is accused of smashing and stealing vehicles around Waterbury and stealing parking meters in the city. Crawford also faces dozens of charges related to the theft and larceny cases. Police said during the Wolcott incidents, Casperson and Crawford were accused of smashing dozens of vehicle windows to break into locked cars.
“We think they both have a significant substance abuse problem,” Spagnolo said of Casperson and Crawford. He said he wasn’t sure about the nature of their relationship. Spagnolo said Casperson underwent surgery at the hospital following the chase and accident. Spagnolo said Crawford was “honest” about the “crime spree” he and Casperson were on.
Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens said of Crawford at the press conference: “When we arrested him he was ready to steal a pile of meat, a pile of meat was in a carriage at Pat’s IGA. He was ready to walk out the door and obviously Hannah saw the police coming and fled. … We interviewed him, he cooperated, he said they did it.” Stephens said that after the grocery store theft, they briefly followed Casperson in the Hummer, but didn’t engage in an extended chase because they were too was not wanted in a violent crime at that time.
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