PD: man falsely reports police car hit & run

Luigi Bernardo

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A West Haven man was arrested Wednesday for reporting a false story about his car being struck by a police cruiser.

Police say they received a call from Morgan Lane around midnight, about a car accident in which a black SUV was trying to leave the scene.

Prior to arriving to Morgan Lane, officers received a second call from a Skyline Drive resident who told officers that his car was struck by a police cruiser on South Street, but the cruiser had left the scene.

The complainant, 25-year-old Luigi Bernardo, told police he knew his car was struck by an undercover police car because of the emergency lights in the back.

While officers saw the damage done to Bernardo’s car, they did not find debris or damage from the intersection of where he said the accident happened.

Officers then decided to go to the Morgan Lane address they were initially called to. Witnesses there described the black SUV as driving recklessly and striking a utility pole and a tension wire.

It was parts of that black SUV found at that scene that matched Bernardo’s car.

Officers determined Bernardo’s story to be false and charged him with falsely reporting an incident, evading responsibility and failure to drive right.

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