NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Police charged the man who allegedly intentionally drove into a police car and threatened to shoot the officer inside it before leading officers on a chase that ended at the Norwich Police Department.
An officer was parked in his marked patrol car on Judd Road around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday when 28-year-old Roland Euell intentionally drove a Honda Accord into the front right passenger side of the car, according to police.
Investigators said Euell got out of his car and threatened to shoot the officer inside the police car before getting back into his vehicle and leaving the area.
“It’s just something that you don’t expect as a police officer. You don’t expect that ambush,” said Norwich Police Lt. John Perry.
Officers later found Euell on Rockwell Street and attempted to pull him over. Instead of stopping, Euell led officers on a chase with him driving the wrong way on one-way streets.
“He was driving recklessly,” Perry said.
The chase ended at the Norwich Police Department, where police said Euell hit a personal car and another patrol car in the parking lot. He was arrested without incident.
No gun was displayed or found, investigators said.
Perry said situations like this and attacks on police make their job a lot more dangerous.
“I can only imagine what the men and women who are fighting wars or military… they always have to watch themselves and that’s what it’s come to nowadays,” Perry said. “Not only Norwich, Connecticut, but it’s happening all around the country. This is a sad sad time for policing.”
Euell faces charges of assault with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, assault of a public safety officer, threatening, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment. He also faces several motor vehicle charges.
Police said Euell has a criminal history.
Euell is being held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 10.
The officer who was inside of the police car that was struck by Euell suffered a knee injury. He was treated and released from the hospital.
In an unrelated incident in October 2021, Norwich Police Officer Scott Dupointe was shot at by a suspect in the area of Westwood Park. Dupointe was not injured.
Still, police said this is an added danger during an already challenging time.
“We’re hyper vigilant for the COVID virus,” Perry said. “We’re hyper vigilant about making a traffic stop. Like I said it’s a difficult time to be a police officer.”
There are already security posts installed in front of the police station where in recent years, some individuals have driven cars into the building.