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Plymouth Police: Waterbury Man Forced Officer's Car Into Guardrail During Pursuit

A Waterbury man fled a traffic stop Saturday night and forced an officer's vehicle into a guardrail during the pursuit, police said.

An officer had tried to stop Edward Hightower, Jr., 54, on Sept. 9 on South Main Street because the vehicle had an expired license plate, but Hightower fled, and a K9 officer joined the chase, police said.

During the chase, Hightower forced the K9 officer's car off the road into the guardrail, police said. Neither the officer nor the dog was injured, and the officer was treated at a hospital and released, police said.

The chase ended in Southington when officers blocked Hightower in and arrested him. He is facing more than 10 charges, including engaging police in pursuit, assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, breach of peace and several other motor vehicle violations.

Police said Hightower was scheduled to appear in court in Bristol on Monday morning.

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