A Newtown Police officer was injured earlier this month while attempting to apprehend a man in what began as a routine traffic stop.
The incident unfolded on Sunday, Oct. 7, when Newtown officers attempted to stop John Paul Suero of Danbury for having license plates that did not match the vehicle, the department said in a press release.
While attempting to stop the vehicle, Suero took off with officers in pursuit. Due to safety concerns, the officers disengaged the pursuit after a brief time.
Officer Adam James located the vehicle a short time later on a side street and confronted the driver on foot and attempted to disable the vehicle, the release said.
At that time, Suero accelerated, dragging James almost crushing him between his patrol vehicle and the suspect vehicle.
After being dropped, James was again able to locate the vehicle a short distance away from where it was unoccupied.
Newtown’s K9 did successfully track Suero's movement on foot, however, it was later learned, Suero was picked up a short time later by another vehicle.
Police were able to identify Suero and obtain a warrant for his arrest. Newtown and the Danbury Police Department orchestrated a manhunt on Saturday, Oct. 13 and were able to locate and arrest him, the release said.
He was charged with 11 offenses including assault on a police officer, engaging in a pursuit, reckless operation and felony larceny, among others. He was also charged on three other warrants from Bethel and Torrington for failure to appear and other charges.
Suero is being held on $104,500 bond.
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