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Man leads police on chase in stolen car

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It was a car chase that ended in a crash shutting down Route 2 in Williston and a man jumping in the water to try and get away.

Police say the chase all started after a Burlington man stole a brand new car.

Anthony Grasso, 49, is in police custody after allegedly crashing the stolen car on Route 2 in Williston. Police say Grasso stole the new vehicle from a friend and led police on a short pursuit through Williston. During the chase Grasso is said to have hit three cars traveling on Essex Road before coming to a stop. Police say he then tried to flee the crash on foot, jumping off a bridge into the Allen Brook River before the police captured him. Route 2 was closed for nearly three hours, during what witnesses called a flurry of activity.

"I was sitting on my back deck studying, and all of a sudden it was just very very loud. You could hear brakes; it was just a very, very loud and intense crash," says Johanna Himberg, who heard the crash.

Grasso now faces numerous charges from Monday's incident including gross negligent operation, excessive speed, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and resisting arrest.

This isn't Grasso's first run-in with the law. Back in 2007 he served time for robbing a Williston gas station. And police say at the time of the accident, Grasso was on escape status with the Vermont Department of Corrections. At this point, the extent of the injuries for the people in the three other cars involved are unknown.

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