Drew said in a noon news conference that a man in his 20s crashed into the emergency room entrance and then set himself on fire.
However, he did say he doesn't believe there is an active threat to the community, and that authorities believe it is an isolated incident.
Municipal, state and federal bomb squads checked the hospital and the suspect's residence, Police Chief William McKenna said.
A 27-year-old man is suspected of crashing his vehicle into a hospital in CT and then setting himself on fire with the cans of gasoline in his back seat.
Authorities evacuated homes in the neighborhood where the driver lives while searching his residence, but there was no immediate indication of a bomb at either location. He said no threat was made to the hospital ahead of the incident. As a precaution, a bomb squad was dispatched to the hospital and surrounding area.
Solomon does not know when he will be allowed to return, as the hospital has not announced how long their safety measures will be in place.
He was convicted of driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and the most recent conviction was assault two years ago. At the time, 30 patients and 20 staff individuals were inside the crisis office, and have since been exchanged to different parts of the hospital. In 2013, a jury found him guilty of attempted strangulation.
"I heard a noise", witness Gary Mills said.
Vice President of Operations for Middlesex Hospital David Giuffrida has stated that Ellam has no known connections with the hospital.
Police evacuated the Middlesex Hospital's emergency room and nearby buildings after the crash. "I was in my room".