Motorist runs down cop amid traffic stop in PLG

Arrested: 26-year-old Denzel Simon allegedly smashed his car into a police officer in Prospect Lefferts Garden on Saturday.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A Brooklyn motorist allegedly struck and injured a police officer in an attempt to flee from a routine traffic stop in Prospect Lefferts Garden on Saturday, cops said.

Two officers approached the 26-year-old motorist’s double-parked car near Rutland Road and Flatbush Avenue shortly before midnight, when the suspect allegedly rammed his 2010 gray Audi into one of the patrolmen — pinning him between the vehicle and another car, according to a Police Department spokeswoman.

The suspect then hopped out of the car and fled the scene on foot — but his getaway was foiled 20 minutes later when cops cuffed him on Winthrop Street between Flatbush and Bedford avenues, and slapped him with felony assault charges, according to police.

Officers also arrested a potential accomplice on charges of obstructing governmental administration.

The injured officer was rushed to Kings County Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

Judge Claudia Daniels-DePeyster of Kings Criminal Court set the suspect’s bail at $5,000 if paid by cash, or $7,500 by bond at his arraignment on Sunday.

The suspect has yet to post bond by the time of publication and is scheduled to reappear before the court on Friday.

Deborah Silberman — a Legal Aid Society lawyer assigned to serve as the defendant’s defense attorney — could not be reached for comment.

The defendant is also caught up in two other criminal matters — one for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and another for alleged marijuana possession, according to court documents.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment Monday.

Reach reporter Jessica Parks at rparks@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2535.

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