NEW BRITAIN – A New Britain man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after police say he threatened to run over police officers and engaged them in pursuit with two minors in his car.
Rodney Madison, 37, of 596 W. Main St., appeared intoxicated when he allegedly caused a disturbance at Stanley Quarter Park on June 4, yelling at children and trying to fight adults, prompting two officers in street clothes to investigate, according to the arrest warrant. The officers were at the park for a local community basketball game.
According to the warrant, the officers saw the suspect, who was later identified as Madison, turned around on Carlton Street after leaving the area and drove back toward the park, when he allegedly yelled at the policemen and threatened to run them over.
Police requested a uniformed officer respond in a marked cruiser. Police noted in the warrant that Madison had a female in the passenger seat and two children in the back seat.
An officer in a marked police van – which did not have working lights or sirens – followed Madison, who made his way to Stanley Street, where an officer driving a patrol vehicle tried to pull him over, the warrant said.
According to the warrant, Madison accelerated, crossed the center lines and went around a median and a stop sign, failing to stop, and continued onto Route 72 east in what police said was him “clearly” engaging police in pursuit.
Police were later able to acquire a warrant for Madison’s arrest. He was arrested nearly two months after the incident and charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of engaging police in pursuit, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace, reckless driving, operating under suspension and failure to obey a stop sign.
He is free on $35,000 bond and is set to face a judge on Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.