Man Tries to Get Away from Police on Dirt Bike: Cops

A man wanted in connection with a crash tried to get away from Plainfield police on a dirt bike and rode right into the side of a police cruiser, according to police. When the man again tried to get away, police shot him with a stun gun.

Doug Phillips, 40, is suspected of hitting a van full of young children who were returning from a day at the beach on July 8 at Plainfield Pike and Stark Weather Road, according to police. He was driving a stolen car at the time.  

Police received a tip at 3:46 p.m. on Thursday that Phillips was on a red dirt bike at Moosup Gardens Apartment on River Street in the Moosup village of Plainfield and went to investigate.

Phillips had left the area by the time officers arrived, but they soon found him on High Street and tried to stop him.

He didn't stop and tried to get away by driving up on lawns and cutting down side streets, but lost control of his dirt bike on a Milner Avenue lawn and slid into the side of a police cruiser, police said.

He ran, but police shot him with a Taser. Then medical crews transported him to the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich to be treated for minor injuries. 

The four outstanding arrest warrants for Phillips are for felony failure to appear in the first degree, and three warrants for failure to appear in the second degree. 

Phillips was also charged with reckless driving, operating under suspension, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, engaging an officer in a Pursuit and interfering with an officer.

He was held on a $250,000 bond. Police said new charges pending. He will be arraigned at the Danielson Superior Court on Aug. 1.


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