Colchester police assist with pursuit in Essex

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Colchester police assisted Essex officers with arresting a Winooski man last Sunday night after he broke into a car and fled upon officers’ arrival, a press release said.

Police responded to a call of an ongoing car break-in on Gentes Road at 11 p.m. to find the suspect, Michael C. Francis, 30, fleeing the scene in a silver sedan, a press release said.

Francis abandoned the vehicle near Paya’s Auto on Colchester Road and ran into the woods, pursued by officers who apprehended him after a brief struggle, the release said.

Francis was tased during the arrest and transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for evaluation, police said, and then to the Chittenden County Correctional Center for an arrest warrant for an unrelated domestic assault charge. Police said more charges against Francis are pending for this incident.

Milton police also helped with the arrest.