Roxbury Man Pleads Not Guilty To Chase That Injured Boston Cop

Wilfredo Burgos pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of resisting arrest and assault of a police officer after a foot chase left a Boston cop in the hospital.

In a hospital arraignment, Burgos, 39, of Roxbury, had his bail set at $1,000 for fleeing from police, which resulted in him and an unidentified officer being struck by a car Wednesday morning.

With one leg in a brace, the other cuffed to the hospital bed and scratches covering his face and arms, Burgos was so sedated he barely opened his eyes as the lawyers talked to the judge about his case.

According to court documents, Burgos was standing at the Classic Company Inc. Taxi Service in Jamaica Plain when the officer recognized him as a suspect with warrants. While attempting to place him under arrest, Burgos “violently pulled away” from the officer and started running. The officer gave chase and both men were hit by a passing car after running behind a large truck while trying to cross Washington Street.

When other officers arrived they saw their co-worker face down in the road in front of 3084 Washington St., the documents said. Initially, the downed officer was unconscious, eventually complaining of a leg injury.

Both men ended up in the hospital with broken legs in addition to other non-life-threatening injuries. The prosecution said the officer had to undergo surgery Thursday on his leg.

Burgos has a 12-page probation record, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Halprin told the judge, including an open case out of Roxbury for assault and battery and shoplifting. The prosecution isn’t looking to revoke those charges.

The defense also asked Judge Kathleen Coffey to order a competency evaluation for Burgos, citing an extensive history of mental illness including schizophrenia. Coffey opted to postpone the psych evaluation until Burgos was out of the hospital.

Burgos is scheduled for arraignment May 24.

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