Officer struck by car

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Police seeking public’s help to identify suspect

NAUGATUCK — Borough police are searching for the driver of a car that hit a police officer Thursday night following Naugatuck’s fireworks display.

Police said the officer suffered minor leg and ankle injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

The incident occurred at about 9:45 p.m. as people were leaving the fireworks celebration downtown. Police said a grey or light gold colored Volkswagon Golf or GTI was driving south on Church Street and ignored an officer’s signal to stop. The car drove through the intersection of Church Street onto Maple Street, nearly hitting crossing pedestrians and another officer, police said.

The car continued east on Maple Street towards South Main Street and got stuck in traffic on the Maple Street Bridge, police said. Three officers confronted the car and ordered the driver to stop. Police said the driver then “aggressively maneuvered the car back and forward several times and jumped the sidewalk.”

The car struck an officer as it drove over the sidewalk, police said. The driver fled the scene east on Maple Street towards May Street.

Police described the suspect as a white man with a thin build and about 18 to 23 years old. Police said a white woman with dark blonde hair and about 18 to 23 years old was in the passenger’s seat. Police obtained a partial license plate number of “5A” for the car.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-7106 or the Naugatuck Police Confidential Tip Line at (203) 720-1010.