Man Previously In Officer-Involved Shooting, Now Faces Charges In Hit-and-run

Matt Dwyer
August 02, 2019 - 3:26 pm

Hamden resident Paul Witherspoon. Photo courtesy of New Haven Police.


(WTIC-AM) -- A man and woman who were shot-at by police back in April, were involved in a hit-and-run crash in the pre-dawn hours of this morning. 

New Haven Police have now arrested 21-year-old Hamden resident Paul Witherspoon in a car crash with a person on a bicycle at the intersection of Whalley Avenue and Sherman Avenue. 

Police say Witherspoon drove away, after colliding with the bicycle. 

Witherspoon was taken into custody after a chase. 

He faces charges including having a weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, DUI, evading responsibility, and engaging police in a pursuit.

The bicyclist walked away.  Investigators are still looking for that person.

In the car with Witherspoon was 22-year-old Stephanie Washington of West Haven. 

Back in April, the two were together in a car when police shot at him, and wounded her. 

Officers from Hamden and Yale University were looking for Witherspoon, after a report that Witherspoon had a gun during an incident at a convenience store. 

Investigators later said the report about the gun turned out to be mistaken.

Police say another man, 24 year old Darmichael Mims of New Haven, was also in the vehicle that fled the scene of the crash with the bicyclist.

Witherspoon is due in New Haven Superior Court today in the hit-and-run crash.