Possessed Driver Crashes Car into Hospital Entrance
SOUTHINGTON Sept 4 2009 Saying he's the devil, a man who had just bailed out of a car he had driven into a hospital lobby early that morning attacked a local officer, police said.
The officer used a stun gun to get Matthew Dufresne under control.
Dufresne, 31, of Bayberry Drive in Bristol, was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and interfering with an officer, police said.
The bizarre chain of events started at about 2:30 a.m., when a security guard at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial on Meriden Avenue saw a car driving erratically through the parking lot, Sgt. Lowell DePalma said.
The car, carrying Dufresne, another man and a dog, crashed through the hospital's main entrance, he said. The lobby was closed at the time, and no one was injured.
"The car went all the way in," DePalma said.
The occupants got out of the car and left the scene, ignoring the security guard's orders to stop, he said.
Police arrived and an officer encountered Dufresne and the dog nearby on Columbus Avenue. He started hitting the officer and the dog bit him, DePalma said.
Dufresne ranted that he's the devil during the attack, he said.
The officer used his stun gun on the Dufresne, who was sent to The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain to be checked out.
His passenger later called police when he learned they were looking for him; he is not expected to be charged, DePalma said.
The officer was treated at the Southington hospital and discharged.