EAST HAVEN - A boat stolen out of East Haven has led to a chase that is causing a traffic nightmare on route 95.

    Just before 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, East Haven Police say 38 year old Patrick Holland stole a boat from the Diamond Marine boat dealer at 650 Coe Avenue. Holland apparently hooked the boat to his pickup truck and took off. The boat, a 32 foot Boston Whaler, is valued at approximately $175,000.

    Holland took off north on Hemmingway Avenue, with both the boat and East Haven Police in tow, and got on the highway. East Haven cops say they broke off the chase on the highway, and waited for Branford and State police to help stop the runaway Whaler. Just before exit 57 the boat tipped over, blocking I95 and ending the pursuit. Canine units were brought in to help catch Holland when he ran from the accident.

    Patrick Holland was charged with 1st Degree Larceny, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Failure to Bring a Motor Vehicle to a Full Stop, Interfering with Police, and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief 1st. Holland is being held on $100,000.00 bond.

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