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Naugatuck police searching for driver that hit officer, pedestrians after fireworks

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Police said a vehicle similar to this one was involved in the crash. (Naugatuck Police) Police said a vehicle similar to this one was involved in the crash. (Naugatuck Police)

Police are asking for the public's help locating the driver of a motor vehicle that struck a Naugatuck police officer and others after a busy fireworks display on Thursday evening. 

An officer was trying to stop a Grey or Light Gold colored Volkswagen Golf or GTI that was traveling southbound on Church Street around 9:45 p.m. However, police said the vehicle did not stop and struck pedestrians and OfficerRobert O' Donnell near the Maple Street intersection. 

The vehicle fled from the crash scene, but police said it got "stuck in traffic congestion on the Maple Street Bridge."  

However, the driver refused to obey orders to stop from three officers and police said he "aggressively maneuvered the car back and forward several times." The vehicle, then, "jumped the sidewalk located on the bridge," police said. 

Once the vehicle was over the sidewalk, it hit one of the officer's in the leg before fleeing eastbound on Maple Street towards May Street.  

"I think its horrible. I love our police officers," Diane Nardelli said. "They're great. They come in here and support us. We support them. It's not fair."

Police said O'Donnell was taken to a nearby hospital with "minor leg and ankle injuries," and he has since been released from the hospital. O'Donnell returned to work on Friday. 

"There's kids and its a family event and for someone totake an event and ruin it like that, its disgusting and disgraceful," Gracie McCabe said. 

The vehicle had a Connecticut license plate and "5A" was part of the registration, according to police. 

The driver is believed to be a man between the ages of 18 to 23. He had a woman passenger, who was believed to be around the same age.

Police also posted pictures of a Volkswagen Golf or GTI similarly to the one used in the crash. 

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Naugatuck Police department at 203-729-7106 or the confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.

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