BROOKLYN — An NYPD officer trying to arrest the driver of an out-of-control all terrain vehicle was dragged along the street when the driver took off with the officer hanging onto the handlebars, police said.
The officer, whose name was not released, and his partner were in an unmarked car driving along South Conduit Avenue when they reached Pitkin Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Sunday and saw Christian Oliviere, 23, zipping through traffic and riding on the sidewalk, according to the NYPD.
The officers turned on their lights and sirens and tried to stop the ATV driver, but when they got out of their car, Oliviere throttled the gas on his yellow Yamaha and took off, police said.
The 40-year-old officer clung to the front handlebars and was dragged for about 190 feet, or a half-block, until he let go and the four-wheeler ran over his left leg, the NYPD said.
The officer suffered a broken vertebrae and a broken nose, police said. He was listed in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital.
Other officers found the ATV abandoned outside an auto shop at 257 Hegeman Ave., near Christopher Avenue, in East New York, police said.
They found Oliviere hiding in a car that had been hoisted into the air on a mechanical lift, the NYPD said.
He is expected to be arraigned on charges including the attempted murder of a police officer, reckless endangerment and driving without a license or insurance, police said.
UPDATE: Police initially said that Christian Oliviere was suspected of hitting a police officer with his all terrain vehicle on Sunday March 2. They cleared him of those charges after further investigation.