Police Hunt ATV Rider After Suspect Cleared of Dragging Officer Down Street
BROOKLYN — Police are offering $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who hit an officer with an ATV and dragged him down an East New York street Sunday.
An ATV rider arrested Monday was later cleared of involvement in the incident.
"We are very aggressively working that one," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday morning. "We feel quite comfortable we know who was involved in that. It's a matter of building a case."
The accident unfolded when two officers in an unmarked police car tried to stop the driver of the four-wheeler as he weaved in and out of traffic near Pitkin and Lincoln Avenues about 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, the NYPD said.
When they jumped out of the car, the biker plowed into them, striking one of the officers as he grabbed hold of the handle bars, police said.
The 40-year-old officer was then dragged about 190 feet and had his leg run over once he finally let go, an NYPD spokesman said.
He was treated at Jamaica Hospital for cuts to his left leg, a broken vertebra, a broken nose and facial bruises, but was listed in stable condition Tuesday.
The officer will likely remain in the hospital for a few more days, said Bratton, who said he had spoken to him by phone.
“He had another procedure last night,” Bratton said. “He was in good spirits, still a lot of pain and discomfort. They reset his broken nose and were dealing with his ankle issue, which was of most concern.”
Police initially arrested Christian Oliviere, 23, who they witnessed driving recklessly when they canvassed the area following the accident.
But Oliviere was later found to have no connection with incident, the NYPD said.
He was arraigned Monday night on lesser charges.
Police released a sketch of the second suspect wearing a black helmet with white skulls and a black jacket, the NYPD said.