Connecticut man arrested after State Trooper dragged by car

Hurlburt fled when arrest warrants uncovered

📸 Joseph Hurlburt in a 2015 mug shot taken by the Enfield Police Department.

WARE — A Connecticut man has been arrested after allegedly dragging a Massachusetts State Police trooper 30 feet with his car during a traffic stop.

Joseph Hurlburt, 24, of Enfield, Conn., was arrested on Thursday on multiple warrants and on charges stemming from a dangerous incident Wednesday afternoon in Ware.

According to State Police, it was at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday that an unidentified State Trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2009 Nissan Altima for a license plate violation while traveling southbound on Route 32 in Ware. During the traffic stop, State Police determined there were multiple warrants for the arrest of the vehicle’s operator, Hurlburt.

State Police reported that as the State Trooper attempted to remove Hurlburt from the vehicle, the suspect “began to drive forward and accelerated at a high rate of speed. The vehicle dragged the Trooper approximately 30 feet before coming to an abrupt stop, causing him to fall.”

The State Trooper fell from the vehicle without injury and Hurlburt fled the scene on Route 32 heading toward Palmer. State Police alerted area and statewide law enforcement to be on the lookout for Hurlburt and the 2009 Nissan Altima.

Hurlburt was located, according to State Police, around 2 a.m. on Thursday by members of the Ware Police Department. Police placed Hurlburt under arrest for the active warrants along with the additional charges from Wednesday’s incident.

According to State Police, a summons is being forwarded to Eastern Hampshire District Court for negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, a number plate violation, and a marked lanes violation.

Prior run-ins with law enforcement

In November 2014, Hurlburt and another man were arrested in Enfield on multiple charges when police responded to a report of a fight. As police investigated the report, they found a firearm inside a parked vehicle, which Hurlburt admitted to be his. According to police, he told officers the firearm was actually a paintball gun and gave police permission to search the vehicle. That search reportedly uncovered a paintball gun, a BB gun, two plastic bags of marijuana, a scale with marijuana residue on it, a glass pipe, and brass knuckles. Ultimately, Hurlburt was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.

Hurlburt was among three individual arrested in Enfield in June 2015 after an incident that reportedly grew out of a $30 debt. Hurlburt and two others had allegedly kicked in the front door of a home and threatened to cut a woman’s tires because, the suspects informed police at the time, she owed one of them $30. Hurlburt was driving the vehicles used by the suspects, a blue BMW, and was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

In December 2019, Hurlburt was charged with sixth-degree larceny and second-degree breach of peace, according to police logs.


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