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Friday, July 10 Police Reports

Westport police charge Hamden teen for hitting police car, injuring K-9

STAMFORD — A Hamden teen — already face charges for an alleged carjacking last December in Norwalk — has been slapped by Westport police with more charges for allegedly ramming the stolen car into a town police cruiser and injuring a police dog just before he and two other teens were apprehended.

Sherrod Manick, 18, of Arch Street, was arraigned at the Stamford Courthouse Friday morning on single charges of cruelty to animals, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief and four charges of assault on a police officer.

Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Moran told Judge Bruce Hudock, who was hearing the arraignment, what Manick did was “incredibly reckless behavior” and asked his bond be raised from $75,000 to $150,000.

Hudock ruled that Manick, who is already facing charges of carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and interfering with police, acted with extreme violence during the December car theft and pursuit and acceded to Moran’s request.

No pleas to the charges were made during the hearing.

Manick had been released on the earlier charges after posting a $50,000 court appearance bond.

According to his three-page arrest affidavit, Norwalk police sent out a be-on-the-lookout radio call in the early morning of Dec. 12, 2019, asking officers to watch for a gray BMW and blue Nissan that were stolen in separate carjackings.

A Westport police officer and a state trooper closed in behind the two vehicles, which were traveling northbound on Interstate 95 near Exit 18 in Westport. When the officers turned on their lights and sirens, the blue Nisaan took off at a high rate of speed and eluded capture. The BMW, which authorities say Manick was driving, was doing in excess of 85 mph when it made a sharp right-hand turn right into a Westport police cruiser, the affidavit said.

A pursuit then ensued. Police tried to stop the BMW that was doing up to 95 mph before exiting at Exit 21 and getting right back on the thruway while swerving around other cars. The driver did the same thing at Exit 23 before getting off at Exit 24, where it drove on some side streets before getting back onto I-95, that time heading southbound, the affidavit said

At that point, the driver — Manick — made a sharp left turn striking the same Westport police car again. The collision “launched” the officer’s K-9 through a kennel door. The dog’s head struck the officer’s patrol rifle causing the firearm to unseat from his carrying rack, the affidavit said. The dog suffered a large lump on its head.

The aggressive maneuver by the BMW caused the vehicle to spin out into the woods and the patrol car came to rest facing the BMW. The Westport officer had just gotten out of his car when the BMW sped forward, striking that same officer’s patrol car for a third time, as well as another patrol car, and fled down Route 1 into Fairfield, the affidavit said.

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During the ensuing chase, the BMW ended up striking another police car before hitting a stone wall where it broke down and could no longer move. Norwalk police took Manick, who they identified as he driver, as well as his two teenage passengers into custody, the affidavit said.

Police sound a gun in the BMW’s back seat, the affidavit said, hence the earlier charge of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Manick is due back in court April 27.

John Nickerson|Police and court reporter

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