Siloe Perez, 24, appeared before a judge Tuesday denying charges that he hit a veteran Springfield Police Officer on Monday morning while under the influence of alcohol.
The Commonwealth told the court that incident began when a driver flagged down Officer David Starr claiming to have been an accident with a white pickup truck. And, when Starr found the truck involved in the accident that is when he was struck.
"The operator lunged forward, grabbed the steering column, put the vehicle into reverse and stepped on the gas," said Assistant District Attorney, Marie Angers. "It was at that point in time that the vehicle struck the officers right leg knocking him down. He then was able to get up again and order the operator to shut the vehicle down, the operator put the vehicle into forward motion surged forward again striking the officer in the left leg and then fled the scene."
Other Springfield police officers were able to track down the truck and arrest Perez.
"It was found that he does not have a valid ID or driver's license in the Commonwealth of Mass. He subsequently did elect to take a breathalyzer the results were .25," Angers said.
Officer Starr was taken to the hospital and released last night. Police say he does not have any broken bones and is at home recovering.
In court, the defense explained that Perez had difficulty understanding the officer because he does not speak English.
"There was a language barrier issue," said Defense Attorney, Randy Milou. "Mr. Perez did not fully understand what was taking place."
And after court, Perez's girlfriend told CBS 3 that he was leaving her house when the incident occurred and that she does not believe he hit the officer.
"He didn't hit nobody," said Dana Albis. "The guy was saying come with me or else I'm going to have you get locked up, and of course he is not going to understand because he speaks Spanish. So, he thought he was going to get locked, up so he ran."
A judge ordered Perez held on $25,000 cash bail. He is due back in court Dec. 11.
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