Car hits police vehicle; investigation reveals 'intentional' incident

A man who allegedly rammed a police vehicle with his car was taken into custody on Saturday, police said.

The incident began just before 2 a.m. Saturday when a West Haven police officer was driving his marked patrol vehicle in the area of ​​Meloy Road and Route 1 “when he observed a vehicle stop alongside him and attempt to push him off the road,” Sgt. Patrick Buturla said in an email.

“The officer reported the encounter to police and advised that the subject was attempting to attack his vehicle,” Buturla said.

West Haven Police Department, 200 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, Connecticut.
West Haven Police Department, 200 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, Connecticut.

Buturla said the officers then headed south on Meloy Road and then toward police headquarters on Saw Mill Road, “all the while providing updates over the radio.”

“When additional units began to assist him, a marked patrol vehicle was stopped at a red light on Greta Street near Saw Mill Road,” Buturla said. “The operator of the suspect vehicle then made a sharp left turn and intentionally collided with a stopped and occupied police vehicle.”

Buturla said several units then “converged on the accident scene” and subsequently arrested the operator.

The department's detective division has taken over the investigation because it is being treated as an “intentional attack on our law enforcement officers,” Buturla said. He said more information will be released as the investigation progresses.

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