2 arrests made after Hartford police officers injured in stolen car chase

Ricardo Perez (Photo provided by Hartford Police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two men were arrested Saturday after injuring two Hartford police officers and a detective during a car chase involving drugs and a stolen vehicle.

Police say just after 9 p.m., officers were following a stolen vehicle in the area of Brookfield Street when they lost sight of it. However, a few minutes later, a detective saw 35-year-old Ricardo Perez, of Hartford, driving the stolen car recklessly on Park Street.

When officers stopped him and began to approach the car, Perez put the car in drive, struck the detective and fled the scene. This lead to car chase, in which four police cars were damaged, but Perez was eventually caught. Perez, along with one detective and two police officers, all sustained non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

Perez was charged with Reckless Driving, Larceny, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Trover, Engaging Police in Pursuit, Poss. of a Hallucinogenic, PWITS, Assault on Police, Interfering, Threatening , Poss of Marijuana, and No License.

His passenger, 38-year-old Emilio Diaz, of Hartford, was also arrested. He was charged with Interfering, Poss of a Hallucinogenic, PWITS, and Poss of Marijuana.

The incident remains under investigation.

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