PLYMOUTH - A Hartford man accused of speeding away from a local burglary and crashing into a Bristol police cruiser could soon take a plea deal that would send him away for years.
Joe Ellison, 58, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said he has been offered two plea deals.
One would include serving two and a half years in prison, followed by a period of special parole. The other deal would require serving three and a half years, with no special parole.
According to court officials, Ellison could be inclined to accept one of the two deals on his next court date, May 18. If he rejects both offers, Judge Richard Dyer said, his case will be added to the trial list.
Ellison, who is being held on $105,000 bond, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of burglary tools, weapons in a motor vehicle, fifth-degree larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of crack cocaine, third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, engaging police in pursuit, disobeying the order of an officer and a number of other charges.
According to court documents, local police responded to a burglary alarm at a convenience store on Main Street on Dec. 17, 2015, at about 3 a.m. As officers arrived, a Buick LeSabre was seen driving away. It stopped briefly before speeding off.
The vehicle, police said, headed toward Bristol and later crashed into a Bristol police cruiser. The warrant does not mention any injuries.
The vehicle continued driving after the accident and then crashed into a utility pole. The LeSabre was towed from the scene and later searched after police acquired an arrest warrant.
Inside, the warrant said, officers found a rock of crack cocaine, a crack pipe, a winter glove, a flashlight, a pry bar, a two tire irons, a crow bar, two baseball bats, a wooden club and $685 worth of cigarettes that police said were stolen from the convenience store.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.