What to Know
- A retired Suffolk County lieutenant is accused of running over a Nassau County officer in a hit-and-run incident that took place last week
- Among charges William Hasper faces are assault with intent to cause physical injury to an officer, as well as various traffic violations
- Charges stem from a Friday incident in which he allegedly used his car to intentionally strike Nassau cop who was trying to ticket him
A retired Suffolk County lieutenant is accused of running over a Nassau County officer in a hit-and-run incident that took place last week.
Among the charges William Hasper, 52, faces are assault with intent to cause physical injury to an officer in the second degree, leaving the scene of an incident that caused injury and numeorus traffic violations including unsafe turn/failure to signal.
The charges stem from a Friday incident in which Hasper allegedly used his car to intentionally strike a Nassau County Police sergeant who was trying to ticket him.
According to court documents, Hasper, from East Garden City, made a left into a Bethpage Federal Credit Union parking lot in Westbury. Subsequently, a plainclothes Nassau County officer attempted to give him a ticket for an unsafe left turn and excessive use of a horn.
While standing toward the rear of Hasper’s car, Hasper allegedly put his car in reverse and intentionally struck the Nassau officer multiple time with his vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene, documents say.
The officer then walked to the front of Hasper’s vehicle where he was struck again causing “physical injury to his right leg,” documents say.
Ultimately, Hasper allegedly left the scene without identifying himself. He was arrested Sunday night.
Hasper’s attorney, Edward Sapone, told NBC 4 New York the accusations were "categorically false" and "slanderous," adding Hasper has served the country in war and was a decorated police lieutenant who served in the Suffolk County Police Department for 20 years.
"Mr. Hasper is innocent," Sapone said, adding that Hasper looks forward to his day in court "where the truth will come out."