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East Haven man charged after striking police cruiser during stop in East Lyme

Robert Amato also faces unrelated charges in South Windsor, Groton and Orange.
Credit: East Lyme Police
Robert Amato

EAST LYME, Conn — An East Haven man has been charged in an April 2021 incident where police said he tried to hit a police officer with his car. 

East Lyme police said Robert Amato, 59, was charged with interfering with an officer, assault on a public safety officer, and reckless endangerment in an April 26 incident. The department said one of its officers was investigating a vehicle parked at the commuter lot at Exit 74 on I-95 along with an officer from Groton Town Police. 

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As East Lyme police approached the vehicle, they said Amato got in the driver's seat and reversed over a curb, heading toward the officer. The officer was able to get back in their cruiser and reverse before being rammed by the car Amato was in, according to police. 

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Amato also faced unrelated charges in South Windsor, Groton and Orange. The details of those charges could not be confirmed. 

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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