4 arrested after car rental dispute, chase in Naugatuck

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – Four people were arrested on Friday after a car rental dispute turned into a car chase, which later led to a disturbance at the Naugatuck Police Department, according to police.

During January, 23-year-old James Hughes rented a Honda Civic from an unlicensed car rental business in Waterbury, police said. The rental car became the center of a dispute when the business owner reported non-payment and a non-return of the vehicle.

The business owner was accompanied by two others who pursued the Honda in a BMW through Waterbury onto Route 8 North in Torrington.

Police said a confrontation that allegedly involved a gun prompted involvement from Torrington police.

The pursuit continued onto Route 8 South until Connecticut State Police intercepted the Honda and terminated the pursuit. The BMW continued pursuing the Honda until both vehicles reached the Naugatuck Police Department, where another confrontation ensued, police said.

After arriving at the police headquarters, Huges reported being “carjacked” and alleged that the suspects fired multiple rounds at him. Police said investigations revealed inconsistencies in his account.

Mugshot of James Hughes. (SOURCE: Naugatuck Police Department)

Connecticut State Police issued a misdemeanor summons for motor vehicle and criminal charges for Hughes related to the Route 8 pursuit.

Hughes was also charged with interfering with an officer, breach of peace, false reporting of an incident and operating under suspension.

The other three people were charged with breach of peace, police said.

They were released on non-surety bonds with a court date of Feb. 14.

The Naugatuck Police Department said the incident highlights law enforcement’s challenges in deciphering conflicting accounts. No one was injured in the incident, police said.

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