Thea Digiammerino

Assault Suspect Cuts Through Funeral Trying to Flee Police: State Police

Police arrested a man accused of assault after a chase that cut through a funeral ceremony Friday.

Connecticut State Police said 44-year-old Bart Donnelly faces charges of third-degree assault, breach of peace, interfering with investigation, and disruption of a funeral after an incident in Danielson Friday.

According to police, around 6:30 p.m. a citizen flagged down an off-duty trooper in his cruiser and reported an assault in Davis Park. The off-duty trooper responded, but the suspect fled. The trooper provided a description of the suspect to Troop D and more units responded.

The Killingly Resident State Trooper and Troop D troopers began searching for the suspect, identified as Donnelly. When troopers spotted Donnelly he fled, rushing through a funeral ceremony as police gave chase, police said.

Police captured Donnelley on Academy Street and took him into custody. He was held on a $3,000 bond.

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