Hartford PD: Parole fugitive crashes into 3 police cruisers, injures officer


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Hartford Police Department is investigating a late Friday night incident where a parole fugitive fled the scene while being arrested during a traffic stop and crashed into three cars with a stolen vehicle, injuring an officer.

According to officials, officers were on scene conducting a vehicle stop on Shultas Place with two suspects inside a vehicle. Police saw a knife and what appeared to be drugs inside of the truck cab. Police started to place the suspects in custody when one sprinted back to the vehicle and began to drive off.

The suspect, later identified as 50-year-old Anthony Estrada, of East Hartford, crashed into one police cruiser, then put the vehicle in reverse and crashed into a second cruiser. Afterward, traveled went west on Shultas Place.

Police deployed a stop stick to deflate the vehicle’s tires, which police say proved effective. The suspect’s vehicle then started traveling north on Maple Avenue.

Estrada then crashed the vehicle into a third police cruiser with at least one officer inside, then ran on foot before police apprehended him.

As officers placed Estrada under arrest, they found a female officer on the ground unconscious. She was then sent to Hartford Hospital for treatment. Police said it was later determined that her injuries were the result of the car collision.

Police say she has since been released from the hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

50-year-old Anthony Estrada of East Hartford (Photo: Hartford Police)

Estrada received the following charges:

  • Larceny 3rd
  • Criminal Attempt/Assault 2nd
  • Engaging Police in Pursuit
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Evading Responsibility (3 counts)
  • Failure to Obey Officer Signal
  • Using M/V W/O Owner Permission
  • Interfering w/Police

The owner of the vehicle has pursued charges against Estrada for stealing his truck.

Police say Estrada is a parole absconder stemming from a violent robbery and police officer assault in 2015 and is being held without bond.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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