Hartford man charged with nearly striking Plainville police officer with car could head to trial

Published on Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:24
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@MUSZYNSKIBP

PLAINVILLE - A Hartford man with a number of pending cases, including one in which he allegedly sped through a construction site in Plainville, nearly hitting a police officer, could be headed to trial.

Junior Jumpp, 28, will be offered a plea bargain following a pretrial hearing between his attorney, a judge and a prosecutor. That hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 10.

Following the hearing, a judge will extend a plea bargain to Jumpp. Should he turn down the deal, the cases against him will likely head to trial, his attorney said Thursday during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court.

Jumpp has a number of cases pending, including several that stem from arrests in Manchester. In one of his cases, which stems from an incident in Plainville, he faces charges of assault on a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, reckless driving, traveling too fast for a construction zone and second-degree breach of peace.

According to the arrest warrant, a police officer, working a private duty job at a construction site on New Britain Avenue, had to jump out of the way when Jumpp allegedly sped through the site on Sept. 25, 2017, after eluding Middletown police during a car chase.

During the private job, the Plainville officer saw a vehicle approaching him in his peripheral vision and, when he looked over, saw the car traveling west in the eastbound lane. The officer immediately jumped out of the way, later saying he surely would have been struck if he didn’t move, the warrant said.

A witness told police he saw the vehicle park nearby in an empty lot before a man abandoned the car. The vehicle was later traced back to Jumpp, who was found nearby and detained until Middletown police could arrest him.

According to court documents, Middletown police charged Jumpp with engaging police in pursuit, interfering with an officer and other charges.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:24. Updated: Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:27.