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Report: Officer admits to hitting man following police pursuit

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Ricardo Perez was charged with reckless driving and assault of officers. (Hartford PD) Ricardo Perez was charged with reckless driving and assault of officers. (Hartford PD)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Chief State’s Attorney is determining if excessive force was used following a police chase in Hartford earlier this month.

Police said a man was in a stolen car and had officers searching for him for more than 20 minutes.

The chase started on Zion and Glendale streets when the suspect, Ricardo Perez, allegedly honked his horn excessively. He had a passenger with him, and the police report shows a Hartford police officer tried to stop the car but it sped away.

“They literally flew by us,” said Chelsea Morales, who witnessed the chase.

When the chase turned onto Affleck Street, Perez allegedly struck an officer, injuring his knee. The chase continued on to West Hartford.

A police report shows officers threw down stop sticks and that eventually got the car to stop on Flatbush Avenue. That is where officers admit they got aggressive.

They said Perez, a man with a criminal past who stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds, went to the ground, but had his arms underneath him.

Not knowing what could happen, officers wanted to see them but Perez was resisting.

The report said a West Hartford police officer shot Perez with a stun gun, but he still wouldn’t show them his hands.

That is when the report says an officer “delivered several strikes, with a closed fist to his right torso region."

The officer said that wasn’t successful, so he hit him again.

The report doesn’t say where, or how many times, but in the end, Perez did give up.

Police said they found PCP in the car as well as other drugs.

“When you deal with a violent situation, you deal with physical force, you deal with humans and when you deal with humans, mistakes get made,” said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

The Chief State’s Attorney’s independent investigation was opened and it will rely heavily on dash cam video recorded on scene, and possibly body-cam video from West Hartford.

The department vows it will be as transparent as possible.

“We don't want it to impact all the good things we do, but we're trying our best to get to the bottom of it,” Foley said.

Perez has previously been convicted of drug possession.

He now faces many more charges.

The report mentions that Perez’s passenger, Emilio Diaz, was arrested but it is unclear if he put up a struggle. He was charged with resisting arrest and faces drug charges too.

Both men and their families could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

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