A 17-year-old Hamden boy was arrested after trying to get away from officers in a stolen car and hitting a police officer who was on foot, trying to stop him, police said. The teen has not been identified and police said he does not have a license.
It started around 9 a.m., when a traffic officer on a motorcycle tried to stop an SUV that ran a red light near Temple and Crown streets, police said.
The teen driver refused to stop, sped up and hit the officer, injuring the officer’s shoulder, police said.
Because the chase was going on during rush hour, the teen’s attempts to get away were slowed by traffic and police said they caught him when he sideswiped a vehicle near Park Street and North Frontage Road.
Police said the teen was behind the wheel of a car that was stolen from Hamden three days ago.
He was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, assault on a police officer, two counts of risk of injury to minors, reckless driving and several motor vehicle charges.
Police said a 15-year-old, 16-year-old and 18-year-old were in the car.
The driver of the car that was sideswiped was not hurt and there was minor damage to car.