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Police: Man Attempted to Run Over Cops at Avon Hotel

Marcel Townes, of Bloomfield, was charged with reckless endangerment after cops tried to arrest him on narcotics charges.

When police tried to arrest Marcel Townes, 23, on narcotics charges in the parking lot last March, he attempted to run them over before speeding away, police said.

Police arrested Townes, of 138 Sutton Pl., Bloomfield, on a warrant June 12 and charged him with first-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with a police officer. 

The 's Detective Division was working on a narcotics case March 23 with the help of West Hartford and Windsor detectives. They were parked at the hotel in an unmarked car, wearing plain clothes and their police badges, when they recognized their target. They identified themselves as police officers and approached.

Townes drove at the detectives, traveling at a high speed, and they had to jump out of the way.

While they applied to charge him with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, that request was denied on the arrest warrant.

He was held on a $50,000 bond, which a Hartford Superior court judge raised to $100,000

In addition to the reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer charges, Townes was cited with operating a vehicle with a driver's license that is suspended or revoked and disobeying the signal of an officer.

His next court date is July 23.

Editor's Note: If you have any questions about a police news item, contact Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer at 860-356-6339 or Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com.

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