Suspect in Bridgeport deadly auto chase appears in court

Police in CT say they have arrested a driver who sped off during a traffic stop and slammed into a vehicle, killing another motorist. The driver stopped, but as the Trooper approached the auto the driver fled from the scene, and exited the highway onto South Avenue. However the Guzman-Rivera then fled and exited the highway traveling onto South Ave.

According to police, the suspect, Joseph Guzman-Rivera, was speeding away from Connecticut State Police when the fatal crash took place at Railroad and Iranistan avenues.

Police have not identified the woman who was killed.

Police say two pedestrians, Willie Falcon, 61, and Zaraida Mendez, 65, were also rushed to the hospital with injuries.

The woman driving the blue vehicle died from her injuries. "I couldn't believe it was her", added Santiago.

"I heard a big crash and I said Laurie that sounded like an accident", said Michele Tomczyk, who lives near the crash site. Guzman-Rivera then assaulted a Police K9 before being apprehended.

He is charged with Possession of Narcotics (3 counts), Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell (WITS) (3 counts), Possession of Narcotics WITS w/i 1,500 ft of a school (3 counts), Illegal Injuring of a Police Service Animal, and Burglary 2nd degree. He was held on $500,000 bond.

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