NEW YORK – A Brooklyn police officer who suffered brain damage after being dragged for several blocks by a teenage car thief will be released from rehab on Monday, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Officer Dalsh Veve has been recovering over the past year at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. He began showing signs of improvement in January, reported New York Daily News.
The nine-year veteran started recognizing people who were visiting him about two months ago, police sources said.
Commissioner O’Neill and police officers from the 67th Precinct will join Veve’s wife and 3-year-old daughter at the rehab center today to celebrate his release.
“This is a positive step in his recovery without a doubt,” the NYPD commissioner said Sunday. “I couldn’t be happier for his wife Esther and his daughter Darshee.”
O’Neill credited the support from Veve’s then-commanding officer, Joseph Gulotta, and the precinct’s current commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Elliot Colon, as a big reason for the cop’s speedy recovery.
Veve, 36, was critically injured during a car stop in East Flatbush last June, LET reported.
As the nine-year NYPD veteran questioned the people inside the stolen Honda Civic, driver Justin Murrell raced away, dragging Veve over two blocks down Tilden Ave.
The officer fired his weapon twice before he was finally thrown from the car when Murrell, 15, made a sharp right turn on E. 53rd St.
Murrell suffered a gunshot wound to his face, but survived. He will face criminal charges of attempted murder as an adult.
The teen had previously been arrested 11 times, including a grand larceny arrest the month before his encounter with Officer Veve. He also has a burglary arrest in 2016 and three robbery priors from 2015.
A day after the incident, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Veve, a Haitian immigrant, as an example of the “American Dream.”
Veve came to Brooklyn from Haiti with his mother when he was 12 years old, according to family.
The NYPD promoted the injured officer to detective in October.
Though he is being discharged, sources say Veve still has “a long way to go” in his recovery.
But O’Neill remained positive.
“He’s going home. His wife (is) a nurse, and she said from day one she’s going to take him home,” he said. “This is a big thing.”
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