New Britain officers injured as driver tries to flee traffic stop

Published on Friday, 11 August 2017 22:16
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN -Two officers injured during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, including one who was dragged, got back in their cruiser and caught the suspect miles away, police said.

The officers pulled the car over on Long Street at 3:45 p.m. but the driver, identified by police as Pedro Maldonado, 33, of Bristol, tried to take off when the officers approached, Police Capt. Thomas Steck said.

“They were able to broadcast that one officer had been dragged,” said Chief James Wardwell, who heard the call. “They then said they were back in the cruiser and calling out where they were as they were following him.”

The driver got onto Route 72 heading toward Plainville but was blocked by Friday afternoon traffic, Steck said. He caused at least one accident on the highway before he was stopped near Exit 1 in Plainville, according to Steck.

Both officers were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, Wardwell said. “They are banged up and pretty sore,” the chief said.

“It’s the amazing the work that the men and women of the New Britain Police Department do every day,” Wardwell said. “Both officers were injured but calmly did their jobs. Courage and professionalism, that’s what these officers demonstrated.”

Maldonado was in the process of being booked for arrest as the officers were being treated, Steck said. His charges were not available Friday.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Friday, 11 August 2017 22:16. Updated: Friday, 11 August 2017 22:18.