Police: Hamden man tried to strike car with children in it, fled from Cheshire officers

CHESHIRE — A Hamden man faces charges after police said he tried to strike a vehicle with children inside it before leading officers on a pursuit. Adam Saars, 40, of 1454 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, was arrested on Friday and charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, breach of peace, interfering with police and operating under suspension. On April 25 around 4 p.m. police responded to the area of 957 S.

Main St. for a report of a disturbance in the parking lot, according to an arrest warrant. Officers saw a pickup truck reported to be involved in the incident while responding to the scene and attempted to stop the vehicle, the warrant stated. The driver, later identified as Saars, accelerated and went over the double yellow line to pass other vehicles.

Police ended the pursuit after about half mile due to safety concerns. Police stopped a Honda which was also reportedly involved in the incident and spoke with the driver. The woman said Saars tried to strike her car with his truck, and noted there was a 2-year-old and 9-year-old in the car at the time, the warrant said.

Police spoke with witnesses, which included an off-duty Meriden officer, who said it appeared that the pickup truck was intentionally trying to hit the Honda. On Friday around 9 p.m. Hamden police notified Cheshire officers that Saars was in their custody and being held for the active warrant from Cheshire, according to a police report.

Officers responded to pick him up.

Saars was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday.

Bond was set at £35,000 and Saars is due back in court on June 6.

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