Spfld. Police Officer & Miltary Vet Hit by Truck on Veterans Day, Suspect Held on Bail
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield police officer, who just came back from a military tour of duty, is recovering tonight after being knocked down and dragged by an alleged drunk driver’s truck.
24-year-old Siloe Perez is facing charges of property damage, leaving the scene of an accident, operating under the influence, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following the Monday morning incident.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that Perez allegedly hit a car on Pasadena Street while driving a Ford F-150, and fled the scene.
The driver of that car followed Perez until he stopped in a driveway around 11:00 a.m. near the corner of Orange and Ranney Street.
Delaney says that the driver went to the officer working the detail, Officer David Starr, told him about what happened on Pasadena Street and pointed to Perez’s truck in the driveway.
Starr then headed over to the pickup truck to ask Perez about what had happened. As he does, Star allegedly sees Perez drinking a beer.
After Starr got no response from Perez, Starr reached into the truck to turn off the vehicle.
It was then that Perez allegedly threw the truck into reverse, dragging Starr for a time, then pushing the truck back into drive and strikes Starr with the truck.
Perez fled and was found and arrested a short time later near the intersection of White Street and Sumner Avenue.
Delaney says that Perez allegedly blew a .25 on a Breathalyzer test – over three times the legal limit.
Springfield District Court Judge William Boyle ordered Perez held on $25,000 cash bail.
Perez is due back in court on December 11.
Officer Star, who Delaney says came back recently from a tour of duty overseas, was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment of a knee injury. He has since been treated and released, but is expected to be out of work for some time.