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DUI Checkpoint December 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Tuesday, December 15, 2015

HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 175 New Britain Avenue.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

Person of Interest in Homestead Hit & Run

Homestead 10-35

On November 23, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the area of 333 Homestead Ave on a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found a a male lying in the road across the eastbound lane of Homestead Ave. A witness to the incident stated he was traveling east on Homestead Ave and observed the pedestrian cross in a clearly marked pedestrian crosswalk in front of 333 Homestead Ave. The witness reports that the pedestrian attempting to cross from the south sidewalk to the north sidewalk was struck by the evading vehicle, became airborne and landed approximately 150 Ft from point of impact. The evading vehicle was then observed continuing east on Homestead Ave without stopping.
The witness was able to capture a picture of the rear of the evading vehicle, identifying the vehicle as a Chrysler, Town and Country van, color tan and bearing a CT marker plate of 395-YMM. Although a marker plate was captured, unfortunately the marker plate is a misused plate with no information found.

Video surveillance capturing the incident was obtained from an exterior camera attached to the Salvation Army building, located at 333 Homestead Ave. The video surveillance shows the initial vehicle impact with the pedestrian, the evading vehicle pulling into a parking lot a short distance from the initial impact, then exiting the lot and continuing east on Homestead Ave and out of camera visibility.
The pedestrian suffers from broken legs, arms and a head injury. He is being treated at St. Francis Hospital where the struck pedestrian had been placed in a medically induced coma. The attending physician advised HPD officers that the pedestrian's injuries no longer appear to be life threatening.

During the course of the investigation, and with several leads from the public, a person of interest has been identified as Ralph McGriff, 52, of Hartford, CT. Mcgriff is wanted for questioning for an evading/pedestrian automobile accident in the area of 333 Homestead Ave in Hartford, CT. Ralph McGriff is known to frequent the area of 560 Park Street in Hartford and has an extensive criminal history.

The Hartford Police asks anyone who knows any information about the location of Ralph McGriff to contact the Hartford Police Department, Lt. Brandon O'Brien at (860-757-4089). Anonymous tips can be submitted using this link. This is still an ongoing and active investigation and information regarding the operator of the evading vehicle or the location of the vehicle should contact the Hartford Police Department.

Vehicle Information:
Town and Country minivan, color Tan, bearing a CT marker plate of 395-YMM
CT marker plate 395-YMM is a (Misused marker plate) with no information.
Possible front bumper, hood and windshield damage

Firearms Arrest at 44 Vine Street

In response to the recent increase of gun violence within the North District, on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., members of the Hartford Police Department's Central Conditions Unit and Central Community Service Officers assisted in coverage in the North District with "Hot Spot" enforcement. During this directed patrol, HPD Officers observed a red SUV parked on the sidewalk in front of the "Coconut Cafe" located at the intersection of Albany Avenue and Burton Street. As HPD Officers approached the SUV, the operator immediately pulled away, ran a red light and proceeded to travel northbound onto Vine Street. HPD Officers were able to conduct a motor vehicle stop of the SUV in the area of 24 Vine Street. Upon stopping the motor vehicle, the back seat passenger immediately exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot. HPD Officers began to pursue the suspect, who was clenching his waist band, towards the rear of 44 Vine Street. The suspect was able to gain entry to the multi-family dwelling and was located by HPD Officers inside the bathroom of apartment 3-C, where he was taken into custody. HPD Officers recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson (M&P) .40 caliber firearm with 12 live rounds, which was located inside the toilet tank of the bathroom. The Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force was notified. The suspect, later identified as Abrahm Hannah, 32, of New Britain, CT was transported to the Hartford Police Department Booking facility for several firearm charges.

Evidence:
One Smith and Wesson M&P 40 caliber firearm
12 live .40 caliber rounds

83 44 Vine
Arrested: Abrahm Hannah, 32, of New Britain, CT
Charges:
1. Interfering with Police
2. Carrying a Pistol without a Permit
3. Possession of a high capacity magazine
4. Weapon in a motor vehicle
5. Criminal Possession of a firearm

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