BRISTOL – A Bristol man was arrested last week after he fled from West Hartford police and was later found with heroin.
Michael Wilkins, 51, of 252 Blakeslee St., was wanted in connection with a shoplifting in Bristol when he was pulled over by West Hartford police late Thursday morning near the Westfarms Mall, according to police. He was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
Wilkins gave police a fake name, but they realized who he was and that he was wanted for shoplifting. He was asked to get out of the car, and he drove away, letting his passenger out along the way.
Bristol police later found Wilkins at his home, where he tried to hide between two cars, police said. He was found with 20 bags of heroin.
Wilkins was charged by Bristol police with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and possession of a controlled substance. West Hartford police charged him with engaging police in pursuit, criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, failure to wear a seatbelt and operating under suspension.
Wilkins is free on from custody and is expected to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 1.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.