STONINGTON — A Pennsylvania man, Ho Gyun Choi, was arrested early Wednesday on traffic and drug charges after a police pursuit on southbound I-95 and several roads in Stonington. The chase ended at about 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Pequot Trail and North Anguilla Road.
Choi, 26, of Pittsburgh, was charged with reckless driving, possession of more than a half ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, interfering with police and disobeying the signal of an officer. Stonington police said he was arraigned later in the morning in New London Superior Court.
Police said the incident began when Choi, driving on Route 2 just after 6:10 a.m., ignored an officer who was setting a barricade at the on-ramp to Interstate 95 South in the area of Exit 92. The ramp was being barricaded to safeguard emergency personnel and allow for cleanup of an accident scene on I-95. The Connecticut State Police said the accident had occurred less than an hour earlier.
A state trooper followed Choi in an effort to pull him over, but Choi continued on the highway at high speed and drove directly through the crash site before pulling off the highway at Exit 91.
Stonington police had been notified and officers spotted Choi as he came off the highway. Lt. Bryan Schneider said Choi led officers on a short chase along Stonington roads before finally pulling over.
Choi's car was searched and officers found 94 grams of marijuana, or 3.29 ounces, as well as a smoking pipe.