SOUTHINGTON — A Naugatuck man has been charged after police said he struck an officer’s cruiser, injuring the officer, after shoplifting at a Route 10 grocery store.
Nicholas Verity, 30, of 32 Greenwood Ave., was charged on Nov. 21 with sixth-degree larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, misuse of plates, failure to insure motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle under suspension. He was initially held on $100,000 bond.
On Nov. 21, Verity left Stop & Shop at 505 N. Main St. with a shopping cart containing Red Bull and juice boxes without paying for the items, Lt. Stephen Elliott said. After a struggle with a store employee, Verity got into his car, which was already occupied by Erin Capozzi, 31, and attempted to flee the scene.
An officer responding to the store attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking lot when Verity put his car in reverse and struck the officer’s cruiser. The officer suffered a minor injury in the crash.
In a search of the car, police found three glass pipes consistent with drug use, Elliott said. The car’s license plate also belonged to another vehicle.
Capozzi, 1352 Bank St., Waterbury was charged on Nov. 21 with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $1,000 bond.
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