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Police: Bridgeport man hit three people with his BMW after they woke him up

BRIDGEPORT — A local man, on probation for gun charges, was arrested after police said he ran down three people with his car after they woke him as he lay sleeping, slumped over his steering wheel.

Anthony Velez, 28, of Union Avenue, was charged in a warrant Thursday with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless driving, breach of peace and criminal mischief.

He was being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Shortly before 5 a.m. on June 16, police said they dispatched officers to Cowles Street on reports of a motor vehicle crash with injuries.

When officers got to the scene, police said they found three victims, two men and a woman, lying on the ground suffering from an assortment of injures as a result of being hit and run over by a car. The victims were taken to Bridgeport Hospital.

While, police said, the vehicle that had hit the victims had fled the scene, the black BMW sedan had left its front grill at the crash site.

Police said the victims later told them they had spotted the BMW blocking their driveway with its motor running and the driver passed out and slumped over the steering wheel.

They went out and were yelling at the driver when, police said, Velez woke up and, in a rage, put the car in gear and drove at the victims. After hitting one of the men, police said Velez backed up and drove over the victim again as he lay on the ground.

In January 2018, Velez was convicted of gun and drug charges and was sentenced to four years in prison followed by three years of probation, according to court records.

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