Two Waterbury teens charged with stealing SUV, trying to flee from police

Two Waterbury teenagers were charged with stealing a SUV and trying to evade police officers who confronted them while they were stopped at a red light on Friday, police said.

The 15-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested Friday night after officers spotted a Honda CR-V, reported stolen from a Waterbury home on Jan. 17, stopped at a red light near East Main Street and Brass Mill Drive, according to the Waterbury Police Department.

When officers tried to pull the car over, the 15-year-old driver tried to drive off and struck the front end of a police cruiser. The cruiser sustained minor damage and the teen was taken into custody when he got out of the car, police said.

The 15-year-old was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, disoberying an officer’s signal, unsafe backing and operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

The other teen, a passenger in the front seat, also got out of the car and ran toward the Brass Mill Commons parking lot where he was taken into custody, police said.

The 16-year-old was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and interfering with police, records show.

No injuries were reported. The teens were not identified due to their age.