Motorcyclist pleads not guilty to hitting trooper after game
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A motorcyclist accused of striking and seriously injuring a Massachusetts State Police trooper who was working a traffic detail after a New England Patriots game has pleaded not guilty.
Twenty-five-year-old Jose Perez-Rodriguez entered the plea Monday in Wrentham to charges including assault and battery on a police officer. He remains held without bail.
Authorities say Capt. Christopher Wilcox was hit in a parking lot near Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday. He was hospitalized for “blunt force” injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.
State police spokesman Dave Procopio says Perez-Rodriguez was fleeing troopers who tried to stop him when he drove his 2009 Ducati against traffic and entered a parking lot where he struck the trooper.
Perez-Rodriguez’s attorney says his client didn’t intend to hit the trooper.