Man who dragged New Britain officer in custody

Jaheem Snype, accused in teh hit-and-run of a New Britain police officer, appears in a Vermont courtroom, Jan. 23, 2014.
Jaheem Snype, accused in teh hit-and-run of a New Britain police officer, appears in a Vermont courtroom, Jan. 23, 2014.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have arrested the man they say hit a police officer with a car and dragged him down a drive.

It started Sunday night when New Britain Police Officer Brett Morgan found the stolen car he was looking for behind an apartment building. As he approached the car, it ran him over and dragged him all the way out into the street. The next day, they located the stolen car in the middle of the Chief’s press conference.

“Sandy Brook Drive…go.”

However, when they rushed out to the car, they found it was empty. Police determined 19-year-old Jaheem Snype was allegedly the driver, and three days of investigation led them to northern Vermont, where they arrested him Wednesday night.

“We were all breathing a sigh of relief,” said Chief James Wardwell, New Britain PD. “It had been an intensive effort since Sunday night to first identify the person who did this to Officer Morgan and then to locate and apprehend.”

Even though New Britain Police have found the man they believe is responsible, they still need the public’s help with one more thing, and that is helping Officer Morgan’s family through this tough time.

“There are some different things going on in their lives and this is certainly causing a huge amount of disruption in their plans,” Chief Wardwell said.

That’s why the department and the union set up the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund. You can donate to the police at any TD Bank or send checks to the Police Department. In the meantime, Officer Morgan is in the hospital, slowly recovering from two surgeries, and he is never alone.

“His family is with him, a lot of his brother and sister officers are going up to visit whenever they get a chance. We have someone with him pretty much 24/7,” the Chief said.

Snype is now under arrest in Vermont. He should go in front of a judge this afternoon. If he waives extradition, he could be back in Connecticut tomorrow. He will be charged with attempted murder, assault, and car theft. And when he’s brought back, the Chief says he will be wearing Officer Morgan’s handcuffs.

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