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Officer Involved Accident

On December 11, 2014 at 8:45pm Hartford Public Safety dispatch broadcasted the "10-0" (Officer in Trouble/Emergency) tones, with the information that an off duty officer was being assaulted at Broad Street and Mountford Street. Dispatch was able to gather a suspect vehicle description that was fleeing the scene. During this broadcast dispatch lost communication with the off duty officer. Hartford Police Department Patrol officers converged on the area. Patrol Units observed the suspect vehicle fleeing south bound on Broad Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to yield. A short time later the suspect vehicle collided with two separate parked vehicles on Franklin Avenue and became disabled. A HPD Patrol Supervisor observed and chased the operator attempting to flee on foot. With additional responding officers and after a struggle the suspect was secured in handcuffs. Several bags of (suspected) crack cocaine packaged for sale were found in the suspect vehicle.

The off duty officer was located. It was determined that the officer was the victim of motor vehicle accident with the suspect. The off duty officer identified himself as a Hartford Police Officer as the enraged suspect approached. The officer asked him to calm down. The suspect then attempted to punch the off duty officer several times. The off duty officer was able to avoid being struck and was able to call 911 for assistance. For some reason after contacting Hartford Dispatch he lost contact. The off duty officer positively identified the operator as the accused who attempted to assault him, and stuck his personal vehicle. The accused was placed under arrest and was transported to Hartford Hospital for medical treatment, then to Hartford Police Booking.

Arrested: Joshua Suarez 28, 22 Hartford CT (Convicted Felon with 51 previous arrests)
1. Fail to maintain lane
2. Evading responsibility
3. Breach of peace 2nd
4. Criminal attempt to assault a police officer
5. Reckless driving
6. Engaging police in a pursuit
7. Possession of narcotics
8. Possession with intent to sell
9. Possession within 1500 feet of a school
10. Unregistered motor vehicle
11. Misuse of number plate
12. Insufficient insurance.

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