Man Fled Traffic Stop and Assaulted Officer: Milford Police

Milford police have arrested a man accused to trying to flee police during a traffic stop and assaulting an officer.

Police say on Sunday officers stopped a vehicle for running a red light in the area of Old Gate Lane and Woodmont Road. The driver, identified as Frank Bontempo, 25, of Currier Drive in Orange, initially stopped and spoke with officers but then took off in his vehicle. Bontempo eventually stopped when he struck a police vehicle.

While officers were trying to take Bontempo into custody, he punched an officer in the face. The officer was not injured.

Bontempo was transported to a local hospital for evaluation following the accident. He is charged with reckless driving, failure to obey traffic signal, engaging police in pursuit, failure to have vehicle insurance, second-degree breach of peace, assault on a police officer and interfering with arrest. He was held on a $15,000 bond.

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