Man charged with speeding through construction zone in Plainville, nearly striking officer pleads guilty to unrelated charges

Published on Friday, 2 September 2022 13:46
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A Hartford man who appeared headed for trial after being accused of speeding through a construction site in Plainville and nearly hitting a police officer in the process has pleaded guilty to unrelated charges.

Junior Jumpp, 31, appeared this week in New Britain Superior Court on numerous pending cases. In one of them, judicial records indicate, the 31-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree forgery and tampering with evidence. 

Additional details in that matter were not immediately available Friday.  

Jumpp has a number of other pending cases in New Britain Superior Court. In one of them, 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.

That matter is still marked down for a jury trial, though the plea deal Jumpp accepted in another matter could have an impact on that.

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 judicial records, Jumpp in 2018 pleaded guilty to charges in connection with Middletown’s arrest. These included those of engaging police in pursuit and interfering with an officer/resisting.

Jumpp in 2018 was sentenced to a year in prison in connection with the Middletown charges.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Friday, 2 September 2022 13:46. Updated: Friday, 2 September 2022 13:48.