NH officer arrested after alleged hit-and-run
BEDFORD, NH (WHDH) -- A Manchester, N.H. police officer was arrested after allegedly hitting two teenagers with his station-issued vehicle and taking off.
Sgt. Stephen Coco turned himself in Tuesday morning and was charged with felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
“He turned himself in early this morning after an arrest warrant was issued late last night for his arrest,” said Patricia LaFrance, Hillsboro county attorney.
The accident happened late Friday evening in a residential neighborhood on Harrod Lane in Bedford. Coco was off duty at the time.
According to court paperwork, the two victims, ages 17 and 18, saw the dark-colored SUV pulling up the street. They tried walking closer to the edge of the sidewalk, but were hit from behind.
Investigators said Coco allegedly drove away from the accident without stopping.
“They soon learned that a potential vehicle that was involved was issued to an off-duty Manchester police officer,” said LaFrance.
The affidavit states, when Bedford police knocked on Coco’s door he state he had not gone anywhere that night and no one else used the vehicle. Damage to Coco’s vehicle was consistent with the hit and run.
Manchester police fired Coco. Coco, a 17-year veteran, worked undercover in the special investigations department.
Both victims were treated and released from the hospital.