Naugatuck police have arrested a 28-year-old Waterbury man who is accused of hitting a police officer with his car after Naugatuck's fireworks show on Thursday.
Anthony Corbo, 28, was going south on Church Street in Naugatuck, ignored a police officer who signaled for him to stop around 9:45 p.m., went through the intersection with Maple Street and almost hit pedestrians crossing the street as well as that officer, police said.
When his vehicle got stuck in traffic on the eastbound side of Maple Street near the Maple Street Bridge by Nardelli's, three more police officers confronted Corbo and commanded him to stop, but he wouldn't obey police orders, police said.
Instead Corbo "aggressively maneuvered the car back and forward several times and jumped the sidewalk located on the bridge," police said.
When the car went onto the sidewalk, the vehicle hit a police officer in the leg. Corbo then sped east on Maple Street in the direction of May Street, police said.
Police interviewed Corbo when he was in custody on other charges over the weekend and he confessed to driving the vehicle that hit the officer, police said.
He has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment with intended intimidation, risk of injury to a child, third-degree assault that caused minor injury or intended to cause injury, evading responsibility in an incident involving a motor vehicle, assault to public safety/emergency personnel involving a dangerous instrument or severe injury, reckless driving at the speed of 85 miles an hour or less, illegally striking a traffic officer with a motor vehicle, disobeying an officer's signal in a motor vehicle, failing to yield to pedestrians and improper passing/safe distance/cutting in.
The Naugatuck police officer, whose name hasn't been released, was treated at the hospital for minor leg and ankle injuries and released from the hospital. He wasn't seriously injured.