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6/6/2021 - 6/6/21-Arrest of Donald Woodson - Multiple Gun Charges - Motor Vehicle Charges - Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree


Date: June 6, 2021

Contact: Captain Ronald Smith

Phone: (203) 230-4029

PIO#: 21-74

On June 6, 2021, at approximately 4:30a.m. Hamden Police responded to the area of Dixwell Avenue and Putnam Avenue on the report of a motorist that had “passed out.”

Officer Vin Palma arrived and attempted to place the “running vehicle” into park. The operator of the vehicle, Donald Woodson, shoved Officer Palma and then nearly struck him with his vehicle. Woodson’s vehicle did however, strike a Hamden Police vehicle.

Woodson fled northbound on Dixwell Avenue, before entering the northbound entrance to Route 15. He subsequently struck a curb, which flattened his left front tire. Officers pursued Woodson to his residence in Meriden. He was arrested while attempting to gain entrance into his residence. Woodson resisted arrest. He was in the possession of a loaded .40 caliber handgun that contained a high capacity, 15 round magazine.

Hamden Police arrested Donald Woodson, 37, of 258 South Colony Street, Apartment F12, Meriden. He was charged with:

- Criminal Possession of a Firearm
- Carrying a Pistol without a Permit
- Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree
- Weapons in a Motor Vehicle
- Illegal Purchase of a Large Capacity Magazine
- Sale of Narcotics
- Interfering with a Police Officer
- Engaging an Officer in Pursuit
- Reckless Driving
- Evading Responsibility

Woodson is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on August 30, 2021.

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  • 2900 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT
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