Police Pursuit on Route 4 Ends With One Arrest

Canaan — A high speed chase on westbound U.S. Route 4 wreaked havoc with a holiday celebration in downtown Canaan and led to multiple charges against a Concord man.

James A. Morse was taken into custody in Lebanon on Bank Street near the former junior high school. He was charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, a felony; disobeying a police officer, a misdemeanor; and driving after suspension, a violation. He is due in court this morning.

The pursuit originated in Danbury and passed through Orange and into Canaan just after 6:30 on Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the Canaan Police Department.

At the same time, the Christmas in Canaan festival was in full swing, with hundreds in attendance.

Police officers deployed spike strips on US Route 4 near the Orange town line in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle struck the spike strips but continued to travel westbound on Route 4, according to police.

Authorities pursued the vehicle on Route 4 as it traveled through downtown Canaan, while other police officers cleared pedestrians from the road and sidewalks. The vehicle continued to travel westbound on Route 4 through Enfield and into Lebanon at a reduced speed because of the tire damage caused by the spike strips.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the former Lebanon Junior High School on Bank Street where Canaan and Lebanon Police officers took Morse into custody.

Morse’s bail was set at $25,000 cash and he is set to appear in court today.— Staff report