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State PD: Naugatuck man charged after pursuit injures trooper

The highway was closed between Exits 43 and 44. A person has been taken into custody.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — State Police said a Naugatuck man is facing several charges after a pursuit last night injured a trooper. 

Police said they had received a call for an erratic driver on I-84 east of exit 34 in Plainville. Reports stated that a Ford F-350 had been swerving through all three lanes and almost struck other drivers.

Troopers were able to catch up with the driver, 36-year-old Daniel Rapuano, by exit 40 in West Hartford, and pulled him over. According to police, TFC Kenneth Dillon approached the truck giving verbal commands and had to step on a running board to open the door. 

That's when police said Rapuano took off in the truck, throwing Dillon into the middle lane of I-84. 

Rapuano reportedly was approaching a heavy traffic area and troopers forced a collision to get him to stop. TFC Dillon caught up with Rapuano and struck the right-rear of the truck, causing Rapuano to spin out into the center median by exit 43. 

No injuries were reported to Rapuano and he was arrested and charged with:

  • DUI
  • Operating under the influence
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane
  • Engaging in a pursuit
  • Assault with a motor vehicle
  • Assault 2nd
  • Assault on a police officer
  • Reckless endangerment 
  • Reckless driving.

Rapuano was held on a $250,000 bond. TFC Dillon was taken to Hartford Hospital for their injuries.