WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Interstate 84 eastbound in West Hartford was closed Thursday night due to a crash involving a state trooper.
Around 10 p.m. Connecticut State Police received multiple 911 calls about a Ford F350 driving erratically and swerving across three lanes. Callers said the driver nearly struck several cars.
Troopers with Troop H went to exit 34 in Plainville, where one of the first callers reported seeing the driver. They found the vehicle and signaled it to pull over.
Reports state Trooper Dillon approached the truck, stood on its running board and tried to open the door. The driver, 36-year-old Daniel Rapuano, of Naugatuck, refused to comply and sped off, throwing the trooper into the center lane.
The trooper then caught up to the driver and made contact with the rear right quarter panel, causing the vehicle to spin into the center median near exit 43.
Rapuano was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, engaging in pursuit, assault second degree, assault with a motor vehicle, assault on police, interfering, reckless endangerment first degree, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.
Rapuano is a high-risk offender who was a supervised person on parole. He is being held on a $250,000 surety bond.
He was not hurt. The trooper was taken to Hartford Hospital for minor injuries.