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Dirt Bike Rams Cop Car
by Staff | Oct 16, 2013 2:50 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
When cops tried to stop a man on a dirt bike, the rider rammed his bike into a cop cruiser in a “futile” attempt to flee.
That’s how Officer Dave Hartman, the city’s police spokesman, described an incident Tuesday.
Here’s what happened, according to Hartman: “At 3:46 p.m., Officers Patrick Bengson, Monica Rivera, Elizabeth White and Elaine Wright were patrolling the area of Sherman Avenue and Elm Street, when they spotted a masked man atop a red and black dirt-bike. The officers blocked his path with their patrol car as the rider approached. The tactic seemed to work when the bike’s engine stalled.
“As the officers began getting out of the cruiser, the rider restarted the bike. He drove at the police car before Officer Rivera could get out. The bike’s front wheel began climbing the side of the car, briefly trapping Officer Rivera inside. She forced the door open, causing the bike and its rider to fall to the ground.
After falling to the ground, the rider “made a futile attempt to get away,” Hartman wrote. Cops caught him and pulled off his face mask. They identified the man as a 20-year-old from Newhallville’s Sherman Parkway. Cops found a bag of marijuana on the suspect and confiscated it. They charged him with: “reckless endangerment, reckless driving, failing to obey the signal of an officer, interfering with police, possession of marijuana, operating without a license, operating with out insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle.”
Police confiscated the dirt bike.
Cops Hurt In Crash
Two cops ended up in the hospital after a stolen car crashed into their cruiser, Hartman said. According to Hartman:
“At 12:17 a.m., Officer Christopher Fenessy was driving a marked police car on Howard Avenue near Rosette Street. His partner, Officer Steven Cunningham, was in the passenger seat. At the intersection, the operator of an Acura Integra sped through a stop sign and collided with the cruiser.
“The cruiser jumped the curb and struck a utility cable box. The Acura spun around, jumped the curb and took out a large section of fence at the front yard of 446 Howard Ave.”
Sgt. Rich Miller saw the crash. He noted that the Acura was driving without its headlights on, and that the driver “never attempted to stop.”
After the crash, the Acura driver “took off running,” according to Hartman. “The plate on the car was stolen. The ignition was tampered with and the steering column was cracked. No information was otherwise available when police ran the car’s ID number through its normal computer cross checks. The car is most likely unreported as stolen.”
While EMTs tended to the injured cops, a police dog “tried unsuccessfully to track the perpetrator,” Hartman wrote. Fenessy and Cunningham were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released “after a few hours.” They were expected to return to work by the beginning of next week.
“The cruiser and Acura each sustained a large amount of damage,” Hartman wrote. “They were towed from the scene.”
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We should be very proud of our New Haven police force. They are putting themselves on the line out there and getting the job done. Now lets find the funding to get more beat cops and housing subsidies to keep them not only working here but living here. Well done and wishes for a speedy recovery.
Job well done NHPD. Imagine what these reckless folks (who now wear full face masks year round) would do to a poor bystander if confronted about their ruining our public fabric with their loud unregistered motor bikes and antics if they do this to police.
Since when is *not* stopping for an officer a good idea to teach our youth?