Police: man hit cruiser while fleeing, assaulted K-9

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — An alleged drug dealer is accused of hitting an unmarked police cruiser during a chase Tuesday, and later assaulting a police dog.

Brandon Sapp, 27, of Woodtick Road, Waterbury, is charged with second-degree assault, two counts of assaulting a police officer, and single counts of theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, engaging an officer in pursuit and reckless driving. Sapp is also charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and sale of narcotics.

Carl Giordano, 56, of Franklin Avenue, was also arrested. His charges were not immediately available.

Police said an investigation targeted Giordano’s home, where witnesses had seen many drug deals. A man, later identified as Sapp, pulled up and was involved in a deal. As he drove away, police tried to stop him and hit a police cruiser, according to reports. He then tried to run and, when confronted by a police dog, started hitting the dog, police said.

There were three handgun clips in the car, and officers recovered a handgun that was later determined to be stolen, police said. He also allegedly had 380 folds of heroin and about $1,000 in cash. Police later searched Giordano’s home, where they said they found 10 bags of heroin and paraphernalia.

Sapp’s bond was set at $500,000 and Giordano’s bond was set at $6,000, for appearances in Waterbury Superior Court.



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