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Things don’t end well for man on stolen motorcycle who taunted bicycle cops


Thomas Collazo

Christine Dempsey
The Hartford Courant

A man on a stolen motorcycle who couldn’t help but unleash his ill feelings toward law enforcement by shouting curses at two bike cops on Park Street Tuesday ended up being arrested when he got stuck in traffic, police said.

Thomas M. Collazo, 21, of Fairview Street in New Britain, was arrested on a half-dozen charges, they said.

His run-in with police happened about 1:30 p.m. as he passed the bicycle cops, who were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Broad and Park Street — which typically is jammed with cars and pedestrians. He burned rubber while shouting obscenities at them, police said.

“The officers directed him to stop however he continued east bound until traffic obstructed his forward progress,” police wrote in a report Wednesday morning.

Collazo tried abandoning the motorcycle and running away from the officers, who were gaining ground, but they were able to catch up, police said.

Police learned that the motorcycle had been stolen from its owner in New York. Collazo was charged with reckless driving, disobeying an officer’s signal, interfering with police, second-degree larceny, first-degree criminal trover and taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission, police said.

His bail was set at $25,000.


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