Police charge hit-and-run suspect

Anthony Corbo
Anthony Corbo

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck police have charged a Waterbury man in connection with a July 2 incident in which a borough officer was hit by a car.

Anthony Corbo, 28, of 37 Cornelius Ave., Waterbury, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, police announced Wednesday. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at about 9:45 p.m. July 2 following Naugatuck’s fireworks display.

As people were leaving the fireworks celebration downtown, police said, a car, driven by a man later identified as Corbo, was driving south on Church Street and ignored and officer’s signal to stop. The car drove through the intersection of Church Street onto Maple Street, nearly hitting crossing pedestrians and a different officer, police said.

Corbo continued driving east on Maple Street towards South Main Street and got stuck in traffic on the Maple Street Bridge. Three officers confronted the car and ordered Corbo to stop. Police said Corbo then aggressively maneuvered the car and jumped the sidewalk.

The car struck Officer Robert O’Donnell as it drove over the sidewalk, police said. O’Donnell was treated for a minor leg and ankle injury and has since returned to work.

Corbo fled the scene, but police caught up to him thanks to a little help from a two truck driver.

Naugatuck police spokesman Lt. Bryan Cammarata said Corbo got into an accident in Waterbury the evening of July 3. He was arrested by Waterbury police and charged with driving while intoxicated, Cammarata said.

The tow truck driver who towed Corbo’s car from the accident scene in Waterbury recognized the car matched the description of the one from the incident in Naugatuck. The driver contacted Naugatuck police the following morning, Cammarata said.

Naugatuck police interviewed Corbo over the weekend while he was in custody in Waterbury, and he confessed to driving the car that struck O’Donnell, police said.

Police also obtained a search warrant for the car and found fingerprints from Naugatuck officers on the car, Cammarata said.

Naugatuck police charged Corbo with first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury to child, third-degree assault, assaulting public safety/emergency personnel and several motor vehicle violations. He was held on a $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court today.