Driver Suspected of Hitting Officer in Custody After Chase

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One person was taken into custody on Interstate 84 in Waterbury after hitting a police officer in East Hartford and fleeing, according to East Hartford police.

An officer was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle on St. Regis Street in East Hartford. Police said a woman was lying down in the car, and the officer didn't think anyone was inside, but when he approached, the woman put the car in drive and hit the officer, pushing him back several feet.

He suffered what appear to be minor injuries, and was able to get back into his cruiser, chase the driver and alert other units.

The vehicle was stopped on Interstate 84, between exits 25A and 25, with help from state police,

East Hartford police said the driver was taken into custody and is being brought back to East Hartford to face several charges. The driver's identity has not been released.

No additional information was immediately available.

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