Man arrested after dragging officer with car

Peter Hills (Photo provided by the Manchester Police Department)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — A 32-year-old man has been arrested after he dragged a Manchester officer with a car.

On Friday morning, a Manchester officer pulled over 32-year-old Peter Hills after seeing him driving erratically. When the officer stopped Hills, police say he pulled into a home driveway on Starkweather Street. Police say the officer was speaking with Hills when Hills began to drive away, dragging the officer a short distance before he fell to the ground. Hills then fled the area.

Police later discovered that the car had been reported stolen from East Haven. Hartford police later found the car near Park Street.

The officer who was dragged sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Later Friday, police saw Hills walking on Orchard Street in Vernon. He was taken into custody and transferred to the Manchester Police Department and charged on an arrest warrant for the morning incident. Hills is charged with the following:

  • Assault on a Police Officer
  • Third-degree assault
  • Second-degree reckless endangerment
  • Interfering with an officer
  • Third-degree criminal mischief
  • Third-degree larceny
  • Two counts of reckless driving
  • Two counts of failure to carry a license
  • Two counts of traveling unreasonably fast
  • Disobeying signal of an officer
  • Following too close
  • Failure to drive right
  • Passing in a no passing zone

Hills is held on a $175,000 bond and is due in court on July 5.

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