Police: Trooper thrown onto highway as DUI suspect flees

Police: Trooper thrown onto highway as DUI suspect flees



 

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state trooper was injured Thursday night when he was thrown onto a highway while trying to open the door of a pickup truck that suddenly sped away during an impaired driving stop, state police said.

Trooper Kenneth Dillon suffered minor injuries on Interstate 84 in West Hartford. Dillon got back in his cruiser and chased down Daniel Rapuano, 36, of Naugatuck, by colliding with the truck with permission from superiors and forcing it off the road, state police said.

Dillon was one of the many police officers who responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012 and developed post-traumatic stress disorder, he said in past media interviews. Twenty children and six educators were killed.

Rapuano, who is on parole for a drug sale conviction, was charged assaulting a police officer, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other crimes.

Rapuano was detained on $250,000 bail and was to be arraigned in court Friday. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

Dillon has said he started drinking alcohol after the school shooting and eventually got help after being arrested and suspended for driving under the influence in 2018.


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