A Freeport, New York man has been arrested because he hit a Nassau County law enforcement officer with a Kawasaki dirt bike.
As reported by WABC TV New York, 25-year-old Jovan Finch, a resident of Freeport, was headed north on Woodcleft Avenue on a dirt bike on Saturday. He was operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner and was spotted by a local police officer.
The local officer had been monitoring activities at the Woodcleft Avenue Nautical Festival. Because of the reckless nature of the vehicle’s operation, the police officer immediately asked for Finch to come to a halt so he could better assess the situation.
However, in an attempt to maneuver around the officer, who was on foot, the defendant instead hit the officer with his dirt bike. The officer grabbed the driver of the motorbike and was then pulled by the vehicle for a short amount of time before it finally came to a halt.
Before other police officers from Nassau County could get to the scene, the defendant had begun to kick the police officer. In addition, the defendant refused to obey orders as the police officer tried to place the man under arrest, according to Pix 11 News.
When the additional Freeport police officers showed up, Finch was promptly Tasered so that he could be better controlled and detained more effectively.
The police officer was then transported to a local hospital where he was immediately treated for all of the injuries that he had sustained during the incident.
Finch faces several criminal charges for his inappropriate actions. These charges include Reckless Driving, Assault 2nd degree, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Menacing 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd degree, and Failure to Obey a Police Officer.
According to Newsday, Nassau County District Attorney spokesman Shams Tarek stated that Jovan Finch has officially pleaded not guilty.
Officials stated that Finch’s not guilty plea was made on Sunday during his arraignment in the First District Court located in Hempstead, New York.