Man Accused in Crash That Killed Trooper Appears in Court - NBC Connecticut

Man Accused in Crash That Killed Trooper Appears in Court



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    Michael Pajak has been arrested by State Police in connection with the crash that killed Trooper Kenneth Hall last week.

    In Hartford, police from all over the country, as well as family of State Trooper Kenneth Hall, gathered to say goodbye to a 22-year-veteran of the force who was killed during a traffic stop.

    As his service went on, the man accused of causing the fatal crash appeared before a judge in Vermont.

    Hall, 57, was killed last week during a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 northbound.

    He was sitting in his parked cruiser in Enfield when a pickup truck driven by Michael Pajak, 32, of Enfield smashed into his patrol car, police said.

    Pajak was arrested in Vermont on Thursday, where he was being held as a fugitive from justice and appeared in court there on Friday.

    He did not waive extradition, according to WNNE-TV. He is scheduled to appear again in court on Monday.

    Upon his return to Connecticut, Pajak will face charges including manslaughter, assault with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence. He held on a $1 million bond, police said.

    The arrest comes just days after he faced a judge in Massachusetts for a suspended license that stemmed from an unpaid ticket. Records show that Pajak's license has been suspended 10 times.