Brookfield driver in Monroe crash suspect in 41 car break-ins, police say

MONROE — A woman wanted for a string of car robberies hit multiple police cars in Waterbury before crashing into a pole at Route 111 in Monroe Sunday morning, closing the road, police said.

Waterbury Police said they received information around 8:45 a.m. Sunday that a vehicle and a female suspect wanted in connection with “recent criminal activity” were in the area of Rutledge Street in Waterbury.

When police approached the vehicle — a white Hummer with a woman identified as Hannah Casperson in the driver’s seat — Casperson accelerated and collided with the police cruiser before fleeing the area, police said.

She then struck another police cruiser at Brass Mill Drive and East Main Street before entering Interstate 84, traveling west, police said.

Casperson lost control of her vehicle in Monroe and struck a telephone pole near the Monroe Turnpike and Wheeler Road just before 10 a.m., causing a section of the road to be closed so police could investigate, police said. It was expected to reopen around 3 p.m.

Waterbury police took Casperson into custody. She is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, according to police.

Police said Casperson, of Brookfield, faces additional pending charges as well as multiple outstanding warrants.

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