ROCHESTER, NY – An officer from the Rochester Police Department was thrown from a vehicle while he was trying to take a suspect into custody on Sunday, March 15th.
At about 7:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a call regarding a domestic disturbance with a weapon. Officers were able to match a vehicle description they had been given to a vehicle with two people inside that they saw on Boardman Street.
When RPD requested that the driver step out of the vehicle, he resisted.
At that point, an officer opened the driver’s side door and was endeavoring to apprehend the suspect when he started to drive off with the officer still partly inside the vehicle.
Police stated that the man then crashed his car into three parked vehicles, one of which was a patrol vehicle for the Rochester Police Department. Eventually, the suspect’s airbags deployed and his car rolled to a stop.
During the incident, the initial officer was thrown from the suspect’s car but was still capable of helping the other officers take the driver and his passenger into custody.
Only then was the injured police officer taken via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment of his injuries.
The officer is expected to fully recover.
Sadly, this type of deadly assault is far too prevalent in our society.
Just a few days ago, officers were able to escape injury after being dragged.
The Connecticut State Police are now looking for help from the public to locate a man who is wanted for assault on an officer and a probation violation.
Saturday evening, 45-year old Todd Raymond was stopped by Montville Police on the New London turnpike. Raymond provided a false name to officers, likely because he knew he had a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.
During the officers’ investigation, Raymond apparently got nervous and decided to take off. As he fled from the scene, he dragged two officers with him.
The officers were, thankfully, able to get free of the vehicle without injuries.
Officers advice State Police, who responded and eventually located the suspect vehicle abandoned in Norwich.
Officers spotted Raymond walking across the Mohegan-Pequot bridge. When he saw offices, he jumped down, landing near a set of railroad tracks.
Because of this, police have added to his wanted poster that he may have an injury to his leg.
Local and state police searched for Raymond utilizing a K9 track. This led him around the area of the Mohegan Sun Casino. At that point, Norwich and Mohegan Tribal Police also joined the search for Raymond.
Ultimately, police were unsuccessful in locating him.
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Police are asking the public to be on the look out for Raymond and to contact the Montville Police Department at 860-848-7510 or State Police Troop E at 860-848-6500 if they have any information on his whereabouts.
The arrest warrant stemmed from Raymond failing to appear in court in August of 2017.
Connecticut police seem to be facing an influx of violent confrontations with the people they come in contact with.
But it isn’t just Connecticut.
From 2019: shocking body cam footage released this week shows an Orlando officer being dragged in a car by a suspect who was trying to flee, reportedly reaching speeds of 60mph.
On May 9, OPD Officer Sean Murphy pulled over 25-year-old Zavier Askew east of downtown Orlando. When Murphy noticed remnants of marijuana in Askew’s car, he asked the suspect to step out of his vehicle.
He does, and officers search the car, but Askew is not handcuffed.
Then all of a sudden he makes a jump back into the driver’s seat. Murphy gives chase, wrestling with the suspect to try and stop him. But Askew throws the car into drive, taking off while Murphy hung on for his life.
The car speeds off with Askew partially in the vehicle. The suspect reportedly hit speeds of nearly 60mph while he fled. Amazingly, the officer held on.
Murphy later said that he was afraid his legs would be crushed. Officer Murphy can be heard pleading with Askew to give up.
“Dude, you’re killing me. Stop, stop. This is attempted murder,” he said.
The footage shows Askew continuing to speed down the back roads.
Murphy calls out, “It’s a dead end, you’re going to crash!”
Authorities say Askew eventually hits a parked car in the dead end road. Murphy said that he had to pull his legs as close to his body as he could to avoid getting pinned.
“Stop. It’s over, just relax,” Murphy says calmly as he instructs the suspect to put the car in park.
Once the vehicle comes to a stop, officers that gave chase assist in getting Askew out of the car, onto the ground, and into custody.
Askew now faces charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, and more. He is being held in Orange County Jail without bond.
The released body cam video can be seen here.
A Delaware man who reportedly dragged a Wellesley police officer about 15 feet with a stolen car and fled was arrested in Sturbridge early Sunday morning, officials said.
The unnamed officer was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was later released to recover at home, according to a statement from Wellesley police.
The incident began Saturday at about 7:09 p.m. when the officer stopped a 2017 Nissan Altima with Texas plates on Route 9 in Wellesley. Further investigation revealed the car was stolen out of Delaware, reported Boston Globe.
As a result, the officer tried to arrest the driver, identified as Theodore William Newton, 37, of Newark, Del., when a struggle occurred, police said.
Newton began driving eastbound on Worcester Street, dragging the officer as he sped off. The officer was dragged about 15 feet before he was able to free himself from the car, according to police.
A few hours later, a State Police trooper arrested Newton at about 12:50 a.m. after stopping a different vehicle he was traveling in, police said.
During the investigative detention, the trooper requested identification after Newton asked why the car had been stopped. Newton told the trooper he didn’t have any identification available and said his name was Brendan Newton, the statement said. The trooper noted Newton’s neck tattoo as they conversed, police said.
A dispatcher then informed the trooper that the car was wanted in connection with a traffic stop that had occurred the previous evening in which an officer was injured when the car fled, the statement said. Therefore, the trooper was given a photo of the suspect and was told he had an identifying neck tattoo.
According to the report, the trooper asked Newton to step out of the car and confirmed he was the wanted suspect, officials said.
Newton was then arrested and taken to the Sturbridge State Police barracks to be processed before detectives transported him to the Wellesley Police Department where he is being held without bail.
He is charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury, malicious destruction of property over $250, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
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