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Fugitive in big rig rams into police cruiser in highway chase


A Pennsylvania man is being held on a $1 million bond after ramming his big rig into a police cruiser when fleeing from Connecticut police.

The 15 minute pursuit ensued April 26, 2018 in Madison, Connecticut, as 53-year-old Michael Salvaggi entered 95 south from Middlesex Turnpike.

The FBI tipped Old Saybrook Police that Salvaggi would likely be in the area to conduct business. His red Peterbilt tractor was first spotted in town near Exit 67 at about 2:30 p.m. After police approached him, Salvaggi allegedly drove off, sparking the chase. Connecticut State Police joined in the pursuit and later took over the investigation.

According to FOX 61, Salvaggi intentionally rammed a state police cruiser. The car sustained significant damage and the trooper suffered minor injuries.

When the fugitive reached the Exit 62 on ramp, a Madison sergeant used stop sticks to blow out his tires. The suspect left the truck and ran across the northbound lanes of I-95. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

The injured officer was treated at the hospital and released.

Salvaggi had several arrest warrants and was wanted in seven states.

Salvaggi was charged with reckless driving, disobeying an officer, first-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, assaulting a public safety officer, being a fugitive from justice and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He is being held on a $1 million bond and will appear in court on May 24, 2018 for the remaining charges.


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