WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The man convicted of mowing down two Mount Pleasant police officers - including one who was dragged for several feet - during a traffic stop has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
Earlier this year, a Westchester County Court jury convicted 39-year-old Bronx resident Nathan Irizarry of two felony counts of assault on a police officer, though he was acquitted of two felony counts each of first-degree assault and aggravated assault according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced the sentencing on Tuesday.
The charges came following an incident in which two Mount Pleasant police officers responded to Route 117 near Rockefeller State Park on reports of drag racing in progress in November 2015 at approximately 12:30 a.m., officials said.
The officers attempted to stop a car being driven by Irizarry, but he pulled away at a high rate of speed, officials stated. The officers later encountered Irizarry’s car again on Route 117, when he was stopped. When attempting to remove him from the vehicle, Irizarry put his car in reverse at a high rate of speed, dragging one of the officers approximately 50 yards, striking another in the process.
Scarpino said that the officer got pinned under the driver's side door and dragged required multiple surgeries, while the other was struck by an open door and knocked unconscious. The second officer suffered from post concussive syndrome, which resulted in chronic daily headaches and neurological symptoms. Both were required to miss time at work following the incident.
The officers were able to obtain a partial license plate, which prompted an extensive investigation by police, who were able to track down Irizarry.
Following sentencing, Irizarry was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.
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