Police search for driver in ATV hit-and-run that injured a police officer in East New York
EAST NEW YORK - Police are still searching for the ATV driver wanted in yesterday's hit-and-run that left a police officer injured.
The accident happened yesterday at the intersection of Pitkin and Autumn avenues in East New York. Police say two officers in an unmarked police car pulled over a man weaving in and out of traffic on an ATV. When they got closer to the ATV, the driver allegedly took off, hitting one of the officers and dragging him almost 200 feet before the officer fell to the ground. The driver then allegedly ran over the officer's leg before leaving the scene.
The officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital with a broken vertebrae and nose, along with cuts to his face.
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According to police, it was determined that a man in custody Sunday night was not the driver of the ATV involved in the accident on Pitkin Avenue. He was arrested and charged in an unrelated incident of driving recklessly and fleeing police.