Orange police officer injured making arrest

Luis Rivera (Photo provided by the Orange Police Dept.)

Orange, Conn. (WTNH)- There was nothing routine about a traffic stop made by an Orange police officer on Connair Road on Thursday morning. The officer pulled the vehicle over for driving above the speed limit and making a left turn that almost resulted in an accident. When the driver, 25 year old Luis Rivera of West Haven, was asked to step out of the vehicle he allegedly struck the officer in the throat and then tried to leave the scene. A physical confrontation between River and the officer followed.

The driver told the officer he planned to hurt him, saying things like ‘I’m stronger than you’ and ‘I will take you out’. Eventually, the officer prevailed and Rivera was taken into custody.

Rivera now faces charges of weapons in a motor vehicle, assault on a police officer, operating a motor vehicle while operating a cell phone, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, traveling too fast and failure to grant right of way. The officer was taken to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

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