Hartford Officer Arrested In Deadly Crash

Officer Taikwon Dudley was arrested Thursday morning and charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast and failure to obey a traffic control signal, according to court documents.

A city police officer involved in a fatal collision during a pursuit in July was arrested Thursday morning on several charges.

An investigation found that Officer Taikwon Dudley was responsible for the July 13 crash that claimed the life of 50-year-old Anthony Mansfield, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Dudley, 32, was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast and failure to obey a traffic control signal.

He was released on a promise to appear in Superior Court on Oct. 25.

Mansfield died seven days after the crash of multiple blunt traumatic injuries. His death was declared an accident.

"I continue to express my condolences to the Mansfield family in this difficult time," Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella said. "I thank them for their patience in allowing us to complete a complex investigation as thoroughly and completely as possible."

Dudley's Crown Victoria and Mansfield's Chevy Cavalier collided at around 12:46 a.m. on July 13 at the intersection of Woodland Street and Albany Avenue.

Dudley was rushing to help other officers in pursuit of an armed suspect who had sped away from a traffic stop, according to the warrant. Dudley was driving 57 mph down Woodland Street and went through a red traffic light, crashing into the passenger side of Mansfield's car as it crossed through a green light on Albany Avenue, the warrant says.

Dudley told police he slowed at the intersection and made sure it was clear by looking east and west before picking up speed. The Cavalier appeared in front of his patrol car in the middle of the intersection, he said, according to the warrant.

But a police analysis of the patrol car showed that Dudley was driving at full throttle with increasing speeds for several seconds before the accident, and that witnesses did not see him brake, the warrant says.

He activated his emergency lights and sirens 100 to 130 feet before the intersection, the warrant says.

Mansfield's father, Harold Mansfield, declined to comment about Thursday Dudley's arrest.

"It's an extremely tragic situation and I'm certainly on it to help guide them through it," said attorney Keith Trantolo, who is representing the family.

Residents along Granby Street where Mansfield lived remembered their neighbor fondly.

"Anthony was a nice guy and I'm sorry to hear about his death," said Sylvester Vassell. "I'm glad to hear that something ... justice, is going to come out of it."

Courant Staff Writer Christine Dempsey and Fox CT Reporter Beau J. Berman contributed to this report.