State Police: 2 Arrests Made After Stolen Car Crashed Into Tree After Pursuit

This article was published on: 08/4/19 1:38 AM by Mike Minarsky

On August 2nd, 2019 at approximately 8:17 PM, a Connecticut State Trooper from Troop E Montville attempted to stop a car on Rt 12 in Preston, close to Rt 2A. The car was reported as being stolen from Waterford. The trooper was alerted by Ledyard Police, who was attempting to catch up to the vehicle which was traveling north on Rt 12 in Gales Ferry. The stolen vehicle was being driven by 21 year old Isaiah Rivera from New Britain and accompanied by 18 year old Ariana Orkney, sped off on the trooper who was in pursuit. The pursuit continued east on Rt 2 and then onto Harris Fuller Rd in Preston. Rivera was traveling too fast to attempt a “T-Intersection” at the end of Harris Fuller Rd and Middle Rd and as a result, Rivera collided head on with a tree on Middle Rd in Preston.

Rivera and Orkeny then exited the vehicle and fled on foot through a residential neighborhood, trespassing through numerous yards and alarming the neighborhood, according to State Police.

Rivera and Orkney eventually made their way to 68 Middle Rd, Preston, unbeknownst to Troopers and Officers, and stole a Chevrolet Silverado from the driveway. The owner of the truck immediately came out of his house and ran to the end of his driveway after his truck. The owner eventually came across a Ledyard Officer and reported it stolen. The information was immediately broadcast out.

An off duty Trooper was later traveling on Route 2 in Preston, when he observed the stolen pickup traveling east in front of him. The off duty Trooper alerted Troop E Troopers he was behind the stolen vehicle and continually updated his speed and direction of travel to direct on duty Troopers to his location. On duty Troopers eventually caught up to the off duty Trooper and the stolen truck on Route 2, just east of Route 201 in North Stonington. Troop E was able to contact On Star and the power to the truck was shut off to prevent a second pursuit. While the truck was still moving approximately 15 miles per hour, Rivera and Orkney jumped from the moving vehicle, landing on Route 2. Both parties fled into the woods, while the truck continued rolling east on Route 2, colliding head on with a minivan traveling west on Route 2. The minivan was occupied by a pregnant mother and four other children. There were no injuries in this collision. Troopers immediately gave chase to Rivera and Orkney through heavy brush and prickers and were able to capture both parties in the woods attached to Wheeler High School. Rivera sustained injuries during the arrest and was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment of injuries. Orkney was transported to Troop E for processing. The owner of the stolen pickup truck was notified of the truck’s recovery and responded to the scene and drove it home. Rivera was charged with 1st degree larceny, interfering with police, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, Criminal Trover 2nd Degree, Risk of Injury to a Minor (4 counts), Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, and Driving Without a License. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. Rivera was arrested recently on April 5th, 2019 by the Willimantic Police for Felony Assault.

Orkney was charged Accessory to 1st degree Larceny, Interfering With Police, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, Accessory to Criminal Trover 2nd Degree, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, and Accessory to Reckless Driving. She is being held on $250,000 bond.

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