SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man who led police on a car chase last month after allegedly breaking into a local woman’s home will soon be released from custody to get treatment.
George Degrandis, 39, was granted a JRI (jail re-interview) referral on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. These referrals act as a pretrial release plan to get a defendant treatment. They are different from diversionary programs, in that Degrandis’ prosecution has not been suspended or put on hold.
Degrandis is due back in court on Dec. 14. It is unclear when he will be released.
Court officials on Tuesday said Degrandis does not have a criminal record. His attorney, Peter Matthews, said he is a good candidate for a JRI referral. A prosecutor did not object to the referral.
Southington police said Degrandis on Oct. 27 went to an ex-girlfriend’s home and broke in. He fled when the woman called police. According to police, there is a protective order active that prohibits contact between Degrandis and the victim.
Degrandis, according to police, took the woman’s dog and got into a vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Southington officers spotted him driving and tried to pull him over. Police said Degrandis continued driving and got onto I-84 eastbound. The chase continued onto Route 72, where Degrandis got off the highway in New Britain.
New Britain police officers assisted in the chase, but Degrandis drove onto Route 9 south and was not stopped until Middletown, where state police used stop sticks to disable his vehicle.
Degrandis was charged with second-degree burglary, violation of a protective order, fifth-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, engaging police in pursuit, misuse of registration plates, reckless driving and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
During his arrest, he was also charged in connection with two warrants for two other incidents with the same victim. Police allege that Degrandis entered into the same woman’s home without permission on Oct. 1 and Oct. 18. Those warrants charge him with second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with a 911 call, operating a motor vehicle under suspension and two counts each of violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct.
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