Three men facing charges in connection with fleeing from police after allegedly trying to break into and steal cars Monday are, from left, Brian Leandry Anderson-Benton of Ansonia, Jahiem Gilbert-Jones of Seymour, and Isaiah Landrau of Ansonia. / Photos, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — Three young men have been charged with a sequence of crimes that triggered chaotic scenes in town Monday after they were spotted trying to break into and steal cars, police said Tuesday.

The suspects, who were driving stolen cars at the time of their arrests, were joined by six juveniles in the crime spree through the Greens Farms area, police said.

The nine suspects were apprehended following pursuits by police that one Representative Town Meeting member who witnessed the scenes described as “a high-speed chase from ‘Kojack.’ ”

Several of the suspects were captured on Interstate 95 after their collision-damaged car broke down between southbound Exits 18 and 17, while the others were rounded up when their car crashed on the Sherwood Island Connector, near Post Road East, while trying to elude police.

In addition to making nine arrests, police recovered two stolen cars — a BMW and an Audi — and a handgun.

Three suspects charged as adults are: Brian Leandry Anderson-Benton, 20, of Ansonia; Jahiem Gilbert-Jones, 19, of Seymour, and Isaiah Landrau, 20, of Ansonia.

All three are charged with: larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a public safety officer, first-degree reckless engagement, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit and interfering with an investigation, according to police Lt. Eric Woods.

Anderson-Benton posted bond Monday, and is scheduled to appear Nov. 6 at state Superior Court in Stamford, police said.

Both Gilbert-Jones and Landrau were held and transported Tuesday morning to be arraigned at state Superior Court in Stamford.

The assault charge was filed after an officer was injured when his car was struck by a car the suspects were driving as they fled from the driveway of a local home, where they apparently were trying to break into a vehicle. The officer received medical attention afterward, but the injuries were not life-threatening, a spokesman said Monday.

A car driven by Police Chief Foti Koskinas also was struck by fleeing suspects, but he was not seriously injured, the spokesman said.

Information about charges against the six juveniles involved in the incidents was not available Tuesday morning, Woods said.

The incidents unfolded about 11 a.m. Monday when Westport police were alerted by Fairfield police to be on the look out for three masked men trying to open doors of vehicles parked in residential driveways. The suspects also reportedly made at least one attempt to enter a garage.

Westport police spotted the suspects shortly afterward, prompting the suspects to flee onto I-95. However, they were apprehended after the stolen car they were driving — damaged from a collision with a police vehicle — broke down and they tried to escape on foot.

Suspects in another stolen car, after seeing the police presence around the earlier incident, tried to make a break from police, speeding along several local streets before crashing on the Sherwood Island Connector near Post Road East.