TEEN CRASHES CAR INTO CRUISER

by Christian Mower on June 21, 2013

THE CHIEF OF POLICE IN BARTLETT SAYS TWO OF HIS OFFICERS – A WOMAN AND A MAN – ARE RECOVERING AFTER THEY SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER AN ALLEGELY STOLEN CAR CRASHED INTO THEIR CRUISER IN BARTLETT.

TIM CONIFEY SAYS THE OFFICERS – WHOM HE DECLINES TO IDENTIFY – WERE ON ROUTE 302 RESPONDING JUST AFTER 2:45 P.M. TO THE INTERSECTION AT ROUTE 16 IN GLEN TO TRY AND KEEP THE INTERSECTION CLEAR AND THE PUBLIC SAFE AFTER GETTING A REPORT A SPEEDING SOUTHBOUND CAR WAS APPROACHING ON ROUTE 16. CONNIFEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS A “NO PURSUIT POLICY.”

THE CAR HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN STOLEN IN JEFFERSON BY AN UNIDENTIFIED 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO HAD WALKED AWAY FROM THE DAVENPORT HOUSE RESIDENTIAL FACILITY. GORHAM POLICE CHIEF P.J. CYR TELLS THE CONWAY DAILY SUN CHASE SPEEDS TOPPED 100 MILES PER HOUR AND HIS OFFICERS BACKED OFF IT BECAUSE OF SAFETY CONCERNS.

CONNIFEY SAYS HIS OFFICERS DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE IT TO THE 302/16 INTERSECTION AND THE TEEN DROVE THROUGH THE INTERSECTION, LET GO OF THE WHEEL TO TRY AND JUMP OUT OF THE CAR. THE CRUISER STOPPED IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE. THE STOLEN CAR HIT A GUARDRAIL AND THEN HIT THE FRONT OF THE CRUISER AS THE OFFICER TRIED TO TAKE EVASIVE ACTION.

CONNIFEY SAYS THE CAR THAT HIT THE 2010 CHEVY IMPALA CRUISER – A DARK 4-DOOR 2012 HONDA ACCORD – WAS GOING AROUND 20 MILES PER HOUR. HIS OFFICERS WERE BELTED IN AND THEIR AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY.

BARTLETT FIREFIGHTERS AND BARTLETT JACKSON AMBULANCE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, WHERE THE OFFICERS WERE TREATED, THEN TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY FOR EVALUATION AND MORE TREATMENT, AND THEN RELEASED.

THE 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND HOSPITALIZED. AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT RELEASED DETAILS ABOUT HER, INCLUDING HER LOCATION, IDENTITY OR CONDITION.

CONNIFEY SAYS HE’S NOT AS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS DAMAGED CRUISER AS HE IS ABOUT HIS OFFICERS THAT WERE HIT, AS THE CRUISER CAN BE REPAIRED OR REPLACED.

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