PD: Man hits Plainfield police cruiser, charged with DUI

Christopher Bessette (Photo provided by Plainfield Police)
Christopher Bessette (Photo provided by Plainfield Police)


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Plainfield officer was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a driver on Friday night.

Police say a two-car accident happened at the intersection of Norwich Road (Route 12) and Railroad Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Responding officers realized that Plainfield Officer Daniel Wolfburg was involved in the crash.

Police say Wolfburg was on patrol in his cruiser, about to travel through the intersection when he collided with a car that had turned left in front of him. Police say Wolfburg had a blinking yellow light going through the intersection and the other driver, 28-year-old Christopher Bessette of Sterling, had a blinking red light.

Both cars were seriously damaged in the accident and both Wolfburg and Bessette were taken to Backus Hospital for treatment.

Police say Bessette was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failed to grant the right of way to Wolfburg. He is charged with DUI and failure to grant the right of way at an intersection. He was released on $5,000 bond and is due in court on December 5.

Officer Wolfburg was released from the hospital and is expected to be OK.

The accident is still under investigation.