Man Stalks, Runs Down Plainclothes Cop
The New York Post
May 18, 2011
A Manhattan plainclothes cop was mowed down by an obsessed Westchester man who may have been stalking the officer’s partner since a drug bust 2 1/2 years ago, sources said yesterday. John Dellutri, 59, of Hartsdale, began the Friday night mayhem by filming the undercovers with his cellphone as they closed in on dope peddlers in Washington Square Park at 11:45 p.m., police said.
He got in the face of one officer, who ordered the retired city worker to step back, a source said.
So Dellutri retreated to his 2007 minivan – then plowed it into one of the undercovers, pushing him against an iron fence with such force that the fence dislodged from its concrete footing, cops said.
Dellutri backed up and went at the officer again, but the cop jumped behind a tree.
Dellutri then drove off but returned minutes later, and witnesses pointed out his minivan to cops, who chased him to West Street, where Dellutri ditched the car in traffic – only to be quickly arrested.
Cops described Dellutri as obsessed with the undercover officers since a December 2008 drug roundup in the park.
He filed a $10 million federal lawsuit in 2010 against the NYPD, citing false arrest and claiming to have just been strumming his guitar on a bench during the raid.
He said he pleaded guilty to a drug charge only because he couldn’t afford a lawyer, according to court papers.
Dellutri, taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation, now faces a slew of more serious charges, possibly including attempted murder.
The officer was taken to the hospital, too, driven there by his partner, authorities said.