Traffic stop leads to police car chase with woman arrested in Stamford
DARIEN — A stop for a traffic violation turned into a motor vehicle pursuit in the early hours of Jan. 2 after police began questioning a driver with a suspended license.
At 1:20 a.m. Annie Plourde, 36, of Dowd Avenue in Canton was pulled over after an office sitting on Noroton Avenue saw her make a slow, wide left turn onto Hecker Avenue while she was driving in the straight/right turn lane. The woman in the front seat of the vehicle told the officer she owned the tan 1999 Mercury Sable and Plourde was driving because the owner was tired. Plourde said the friends, plus a third male passenger in the backseat, were just returning from a day of shopping in New York City.
Plourde then told the officer she did not have her license on her and gave a debit card and her date of birth. When the officer noticed a misuse of the license plate on the car, the owner of the car insisted it was the correct plate and she registered the vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles after she bought it. She then showed the officer a bill of sale marked for Nov. 23, 2016.
Plourde then admitted to the officer her license was suspended. The officer called for backup, but as the additional personnel arrived, Plourde started the vehicle and took off onto Post Road towards Stamford. Police chased Plourde down empty roads at speeds up to 75 miles per hour, but stopped following her at the advice of the supervisor on duty after she crossed into Stamford. Police gave out information via hotline to state and Stamford police.
Later on Jan. 2, Stamford police found Plourde in a Cove Road home undergoing renovations after receiving a call from a neighbor about a broken window at the house. They also found the Sable she’d been driving during the chase. Plourde, who had three other warrants out for her arrest from departments around the state, was arrested around 3 p.m. She was promised in Stamford and will appear in court on Jan. 13. Her charges from Darien included interfering with an officer, driving with a suspended license, engaging police in a pursuit, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control signs and operating an unregistered car. Her charges on her other warrants are unknown.