PLAINVILLE – Police last week charged the man they say intentionally crashed into three vehicles on the Tilcon property earlier this month before leading police on a 45-minute pursuit that only ended when the vehicle he was driving became disabled by stop sticks.
John Bielawski, 70, of 14 Dewey Place, faces charges of reckless driving, running from police, evading responsibility, attempted assault on an officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespassing.
The 70-year-old was issued a misdemeanor summons on April 8, following the police pursuit, and was taken to a hospital. He was hit with more serious charges from Plainville police on Thursday. According to the arrest warrant in the case, Bielawski’s behavior may have been the result of not taking his prescribed medication. The condition he has been diagnosed with has been redacted from the warrant.
Police wrote in the warrant that Bielawski shortly before 7 p.m. on April 8, operating a dump truck with a plow attached, was seen using the plow to push sand into the sandpit at the Tilcon property, located at 395 Woodford Ave., before suddenly trying to reverse into 10,000 gallon concrete-encased diesel tanks. He was unable to hit the tanks because he was stopped by steel pylons.
According to the warrant, Bielawski then intentionally drove into an unoccupied Ford F-150 owned by Tilcon, pushing it somewhere between 50 and 75 feet until it struck the corporate office building. Bielawski then allegedly struck another Ford F-150, though this one was privately owned by an employee of the company, the warrant said.
A security guard at Tilcon then approached Bielawski, who police allege reversed very quickly into the vehicle the man was in. No injuries were reported.
Bielawski then left the property, driving westbound on Black Rock Avenue in the eastbound lane, with his plow down, creating sparks in the road, according to the warrant.
Bielawski began pursuing Bielawski shortly before he got onto Interstate 84 westbound. There, police said, he began swerving across the lanes in an attempt to ram two police officers. Bielawski refused to pull over.
At this point, state police began pursuing him as well. He was finally stopped on the Middlebury-Southbury town line after police used stop sticks five times to disable his vehicle, the warrant said. On at least one occasion, he used the plow to avoid the stop sticks, police said. He also continued driving on flat tires until the vehicle was inoperable, according to police. The pursuit lasted about 45 minutes.
Bielawski was initially held on $35,000 bond, which was increased to $160,000 during a hearing Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. He did not enter any pleas during the hearing and is due back in court on May 20.
Police wrote in the warrant that Bielawski has been involved in other incidents involving police, including “serious motor vehicle pursuits.”
Bielawski also faces charges connected to an incident in January at his home, where he allegedly kicked a medic in the stomach and tried to punch a police officer.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.