SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury man has been sentenced to a year in prison for nearly striking a police cruiser and speeding away.
Ricky Beltran, 30, accepted a plea deal during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court last week, pleading guilty to one count of engaging police in pursuit. The deal included a prison sentence of a year, with no period of supervised released.
According to police, officers on Feb. 9 were conducting a traffic stop on North Main Street, in the area of High Street, around 2 a.m. when a motorist accelerated and nearly struck one of the two police cruisers involved in the stop. The incident caused a “serious hazard,” police said.
The motorist sped off, heading north on North Main Street, passing another vehicle in a no pass zone.
One of the officers tried to stop the fleeing motorist, but the suspect drove off very quickly and the pursuit was called off. The officer was able to get the license plate of the vehicle.
Following an investigation, Beltran was identified as the suspect, according to police. He was charged about four months after the incident.
In exchange for his plea, a number of charges were not pursued against Beltran, including those of second-degree reckless endangerment, failure to slow or move over for emergency vehicles, improper passing, following too closely and others.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.