A Freeport man charged with kicking a village police officer who was trying to arrest him for recklessly driving his dirt bike pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Sunday, officials said.
Jovan Finch, 25 of 10 New York Ave., is charged with assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, reckless driving, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to obey a police officer and other motor vehicle violations.
Finch pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Hempstead, according to Nassau County District Attorney spokesman Shams Tarek.
The district attorney's office requested $60,000 bail, but bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, Tarek said. Finch was represented by a Legal Aid attorney and is due back in court on June 10.
According to detectives, the Freeport police officer was assigned to the Nautical Mile & Blues Festival when he saw Finch operating a dirt bike recklessly northbound on Woodcleft Avenue shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police gave the following account: The officer signaled for Finch to stop. Finch refused and struck the officer as he attempted to swerve around him. The officer then grabbed Finch and was subsequently dragged a short distance before the motorcycle came to a stop.
As the officer attempted to place Finch under arrest, he refused to comply and began kicking the officer, police said. Other Freeport police arrived to assist and used a Taser to control the suspect. The officer was treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered during the arrest.
With Nicole Fuller