A Norwalk police officer was hit by a fleeing drunk driver after telling him his car would be towed, said the Norwalk Police Department.
The incident took place around 12:38 a.m., Sunday, May 5, when the Norwalk PD officer was stopped at a red light in the right lane on Main Street at the intersection of Wall Street. when a motorist pulled around his vehicle into to the left turn only lane of Main Street and drive through the red light while making a right turn, said the Norwalk Police Department.
The officer stopped the driver, Terrance Parker, 41, of Norwalk, on Wall Street, police said.
During a check, the officer found that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and Parker’s license was suspended. Parker also smelled of alcohol and became belligerent when the officer told him his vehicle was being towed, police said.
The officer told Parker to hand over his car keys however Parker started the car, placed it in drive and accelerated. The vehicle struck the officer, who was at the driver’s side, knocking the officer backward, police said.
Parker fled the scene at a high rate of speed and was initially able to elude being captured, police said.
The officer was transported by ambulance to the Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Parker’s vehicle information was broadcast to area police departments and a short time later a Westport Police Officer spotted the vehicle traveling eastbound on I-95. Parker refused to stop for the Westport Officers and engaged them in pursuit, police added.
Parker was eventually caught on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport with the assistance of the Westport Police, Connecticut State Police, and Bridgeport Police.
He was charged with assault on a police officer, interfering with police, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating under suspension, failure to obey traffic control, and failure to have insurance.
Parker is being held on $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.
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