WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island law enforcement officer, who was off responsibility and out of uniform when authorities say he adopted a car off a freeway and shot the 18-yr-previous driver in the arm, was released on $25,000 bail right after his first courtroom visual appearance in the scenario Friday.
Pawtucket Officer Daniel Dolan, 38, pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and one depend of discharge of a firearm when committing a criminal offense of violence in connection with the face past month in West Greenwich.
He was also ordered to have no speak to with the driver and two other adolescents who were being in the car and to surrender his firearms.
In accordance to an investigation, Dolan was returning from a detail assignment on the night of June 23 when he encountered an Audi sedan on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich.
The cars exited the freeway and Dolan experimented with to detain the driver of the Audi outside a pizza shop. When the operator of the Audi tried using to drive absent, Dolan fired one particular spherical from his services weapon, putting the driver in the arm.
Surveillance video clip from the pizza store displays an unmarked white pickup truck with a black mattress pull alongside the Audi. A man in civilian garments receives out of the truck and retains up a badge and the Audi reverses absent.
The taking pictures occurred off camera. No a person else was injured.
The driver was determined by his legal professional as Dominic Vincent, 18, of West Greenwich. The other two men and women in the car were his 18-year-old good friend and the friend’s 17-12 months-old brother. The teens were choosing up a pizza and then heading to Vincent’s dwelling to look at an NBA recreation, their legal professional reported.
Vincent told law enforcement he did not feel Dolan was a real law enforcement officer primarily based on his outfits and automobile.
“We are delighted to see the attorney basic has begun this procedure, and we’re confident in the abilities and initiatives of the legal professional general’s business office to see that this definitely sad, sad affair is introduced to justice,” the teenagers’ law firm, James Howe, reported outdoors courtroom.
The teens, 1 with his arm in a sling, attended the arraignment.
Dolan instructed investigators the Audi was traveling much more than 100 mph and he followed it for the reason that he assumed it might be fleeing the scene of a criminal offense. He instructed investigators he opened fireplace since he believed the auto would strike him.
“Officer Dolan has put in the much better element of the past 17 many years serving and protecting, as a United States Marine and as a law enforcement officer for the metropolis of Pawtucket, and which is particularly what he was carrying out that night,” Dolan’s attorney, Michael Colucci, claimed outside the house courtroom.
Investigators also located that Dolan experienced taken a several sips of beer in his truck, but his blood alcohol measured ..
Dolan, a resource officer at a Pawtucket middle school, has been put on unpaid depart by the city.
This tale has been corrected to reflect that Dolan pleaded not guilty to the costs.