The Hartford man arrested for leading a police on pursuit that injured three officers on Saturday faced a judge in Hartford Superior Court on Monday.
Hartford resident, Ricardo Perez, 34, faces numerous charges which include reckless driving, larceny in the 1st degree, engaging police in pursuit, 3 counts of assault on police and two drug charges.
But friends and neighbors who spoke with Channel 3 Eyewitness reporter, Erin Connolly said they were surprised to hear of the charges against Perez,
"He's not a bad person. He's a very humble person. He loves his kids," said neighbor Ety Rosado of the man who appeared in court with two black eyes and a bandaged forehead.
Police said they were alerted to a car driving erratically in the area of Park St on Saturday at approximately 10p.m.
When officers pulled the car over on Affleck St., police said Perez took off again and hit the police detective. Police said the officer was not seriously injured.
Police began to follow the car after Perez attempted to flee the area. Hartford police said four police vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.
Perez has been arrested by Hartford Police 18 times before.
Two officers and one of the suspects also suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Hartford resident, Emilo Diaz, 38, is also due in court on charges of interfering, possession of hallucinogenic. possession with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana.
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