Meriden man accused of striking officer while fleeing from gas station

Meriden man accused of striking officer while fleeing from gas station

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MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police say he fled from a gas station, striking an officer with a car door, after a clerk reported the man performed a lewd act inside the store. 

Elijah Techer, 25, of 581 Crown St., B1-Apt 9, was charged by warrant on Friday, Jan. 31 with public indecency, interfering with police, assault on police, breach of peace, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, reckless driving, and evading responsibility. 

According to the arrest warrant, on Sunday, Jan. 19 about 10 a.m. police responded to the Valero gas station, 1101 E. Main St., for a report of a man masturbating in the store. Police found the man standing by the coffee but did not see him performing the act.

Techer left the store and police stopped him in the parking lot. While officers awaited backup, Techer got into a car and closed the door. The officer opened the door, but Techer accelerated in reverse, hitting the officer with the open door. The officer was dragged and thrown across the parking lot. Two witnesses came to help the injured officer.

According to the warrant, Techer was later seen heading into Berlin on the Berlin Turnpike. Berlin police said Techer struck a Berlin police car before fleeing onto Route 15 toward Hartford. 

Police obtained a sworn statement from the clerk at the gas station.

Police learned Techer was on probation for unrelated charges and had cut off a GPS monitor and left it in a store plaza on the Berlin Turnpike. 

Techer was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 31. The judge set bond at $25,000 and continued the case to March 2.
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