He’s Pinched for Running Over Cop

Ozone Park Man Booked For Bk. Assault

Detectives cuffed an Ozone Park man at his home last Friday, Mar. 7, for allegedly running over a police officer during a routine traffic stop days earlier in Brooklyn, law enforcement sources stated.

Police identified the suspect as 31-year-old Kenny Ortiz of 94th Street, who was booked on firstdegree attempted murder of a police officer for the Mar. 2 incident that seriously injured Det. Matthew McClusky of the 75th Precinct.

According to authorities, the trouble began at about 3:37 p.m. on Mar. 2 in the vicinity of Pitkin and Lincoln avenues in Brooklyn’s City Line section.

Reportedly, McClusky and other officers from the 75th Precinct stopped Ortiz after observing him allegedly operating erratically an ATV through the area.

When they approached, police said, Ortiz allegedly attempted to speed away.

In doing so, he reportedly struck McClusky, dragged him for a distance and ran over his leg.

According to published reports, Ortiz allegedly ditched the ATV thereafter and fled from the scene.

Paramedics responded to the location and rushed McClusky to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment of injuries which were not life-threatening.

Through information obtained during their investigation, members of the 75th Precinct Detective Squad linked Ortiz to the crime and took him into custody last Friday on charges of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer, seconddegree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, attempted aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

According to court records, Ortiz was arraigned last Saturday, Mar. 8, in Kings County Criminal Court and ordered held on $250,000 bail.

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