Man Injured West Hartford Officers, Flooded Cell: Police

Police said he was able to get out of handcuffs and broke the sprinkler system.

A man who was arrested in West Hartford early Sunday morning is accused of injuring two police officers, stripping in a police cell, breaking out of handcuffs, damaging a sprinkler system at the police station and flooding a holding cell.

Police officers were on route patrol around 1:44 a.m., as the bars were closing, when they noticed two men in an altercation. When they approached them, 33-year-old Leroy John Herr challenged police about his rights and got within inches of an officer’s face, police said, so an officer pushed him away.

Herr then came back again, rushing toward the officer, and several police officers took him into custody, police said.

After arriving at the police department, Herr stripped off his clothes and managed to break the handcuffs off, police said. Then he jumped, breaking the sprinkler in the cell, and water flooded it. Officers moved Herr after the flood and secured him in another cell. 

Herr has been charged with breach of peace in the second degree, interfering with an officer, assault on a police officer and criminal mischief in the second degree. He was help on $125,000 bond.

Two officers sustained injuries, including cuts to the hands and knees and a wrist injury.

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