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New York reckless driving: Cop hurt in hit and run ATV accident

Drivers committing traffic violations are not uncommon in New York, where officials issue citations on a daily basis. Drivers who have received traffic citations may have experienced the far-reaching consequences that are possible, especially in instances of repeat offenses. When a police officer pulled off a man for reckless driving of an ATV recently, nobody expected what happened next.

The officers say they witnessed the ATV driver weaving up and down sidewalks and in and out of traffic. While the two officers were talking to the driver, he allegedly started pushing the accelerator lever of the ATV with the apparent intention to flee. As one officer grasped the handlebars of the ATV, the man reportedly pulled away and dragged the officer a distance of almost 200 feet. The driver then pushed the officer off and reportedly drove over his leg.

The officer sustained spinal and facial injuries, along with multiple lacerations and bruises on his legs and face. His condition was subsequently reported to be stable. The driver of the ATV is still at large, and although authorities detained several people, it was reported that the accused has not been found yet. What could have been only a citation for reckless driving, became much more serious in the instant that the biker decided to flee from the officers.

New York drivers who are facing the consequences of a traffic violation -- whether it is reckless driving, speeding or any other offense -- may find that by cooperating with officials, potential charges may be limited. By fleeing, they risk the imposition of additional charges that could be far more serious than the original traffic infraction. When this man is apprehended, he will face numerous charges, including attempted murder of a police officer.

Source: New York Daily News, Cop hit by ATV in Brooklyn, suffers major injuries, Ryan Sit , Chelsia Rose Marcius and Mark Morales, March 2, 2014