PLAINVILLE - A Hartford man accused of speeding through a construction site in Plainville, nearly hitting a police officer, is headed to trial.
Junior Jumpp, 31, formally made the decision known during a hearing Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, according to judicial records.
This comes after Jumpp in early 2020 was offered a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for seven years, followed by an additional seven years of special parole. At the time, he requested that his cases be transferred to the courthouse in Hartford, alleging he could not get a fair trial at the Franklin Square courthouse. He told a judge there was a conflict of interest, without elaborating further.
Jumpp has a number of pending cases in New Britain Superior Court. In one case, he faces more than 30 counts of violating a protective order. In other matters, he faces charges of tampering with evidence, second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
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 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.
A trial start date for Jumpp’s current pending cases has not been set. He is free from custody while he awaits his trial.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.