WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)– Downtown White Plains is full of bars restaurants and fun, but early Saturday morning 21-year-old Jheison Callecastro allegedly led police on a wild drunken chase that ended when he crashed a stolen tow truck into a mangled Connecticut state police car.
“It could have been disastrous and that’s one of the reasons why we went after the guy,” White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong told CBS2’s Brian Conybeare.
Chong said his officers spotted a flatbed tow truck from Bob’s Towing in Ossining facing the wrong way outside Lola’s Mexican Kitchen on East Post Road at about 2:30 a.m. The driver reportedly nearly hit a crowd of people before cops could pull him over.
“When the officers got out of the car to approach him again he took off again and nearly had a couple of police officers when he took off,” Chong said.
The suspect wound up going more than 20 miles up I-95 into Connecticut where state police tried repeatedly to stop him even flattening the tow truck tires, but he kept on going.
Police said he purposely slammed into a state trooper’s car in Greenwich, but thankfully no one was inside. The tow truck burst into flames and wound up charred.
The truck’s owner, Bob Kuhn, told CBS2 Callecastro hung around his garage, but didn’t actually work there and took the truck without permission.
“He put a lot of people in jeopardy and thank goodness the Connecticut State police did a wonderful job and they were able to capture this particular individual,” Kuhn said.
Callecastro, who has a past drug arrest in White Plains, is now facing a slew of charges in Connecticut including reckless endangerment, driving without a license and DWI.