When a traffic stop went awry, cops jumped out of the path of a fleeing car—then tracked down the suspect to his hiding place in a basement doorway.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
“At 11:00 PM, Officer Leonardo Soto parked his cruiser and joined Officers Ryan Macuirzynzki and Louis DeCrescenzo who were walking beats in the Farnam Court Public Housing Complex. The three Officers met on Franklin Street with the intention to address motor vehicle violations. They didn’t have to wait long. They spotted a red Subaru wagon without a front marker plate. The Officers stepped into the roadway and raised their hands as a signal for the operator to stop.
“The operator didn’t stop. Rather, he accelerated toward the Officers, who jumped out of the speeding car’s path. The wagon left the complex and disappeared from their sight. Officer Soto did, however get a good look at the marker plate.
“A check of the area didn’t turn up the car or its operator, at least not until about two hours later when Officer Soto spotted it being driven on Ferry Street. He turned to follow it as it turned on to Pierpont Street. The plate matched the wagon that was used earlier to try to run the Officers down. The only problem was that when Officer Soto pulled the car over, the operator was a woman. Two hours earlier, a man had been behind the wheel.
“The woman was questioned. At first she was vague. She said a friend had borrowed her car. When asked again, she gave up her husband. She volunteered her husband had arrived home in a panic, telling her he’d ‘...almost hit a Police Officer’.”
Soto and several cops went to East Pearl Street to look for the suspect. The suspect’s wife let them in. Cops found the suspect hiding in the basement doorway.
When cops arrested the man, he confessed, “... it was me driving on Franklin Street… I have a suspended license and I didn’t want to go to jail.”
“Wish denied,” Hartman wrote. The man was charged with “three counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, three counts of criminal attempt to commit assault on a Police officer, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle under suspension.”
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