WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Waterbury man is facing nine charges after police attempted a traffic stop for a narcotics investigation in West Springfield.

According to the West Springfield Police Department, at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, police located the suspect turning out of the Super 8 Motel onto Route 5 southbound and attempted to make a traffic stop however, the driver failed to stop.

As the suspected vehicle approached the traffic lights at Riverdale Street and Morgan Road, it tried to go around stopped traffic using the breakdown lane. The suspected vehicle struck a car stopped in traffic, pushing its way by. An unmarked police car attempted to block the suspect vehicle but the suspect drove into the unmarked police car, pushing it into another stopped vehicle. The suspect then struck the unmarked car a second time, but the suspected vehicle was now stuck.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Jonell Bonilla of Waterbury, Connecticut, got out of the vehicle and ran crossing the northbound lane of Riverdale Street. Police caught him and he was arrested in a nearby parking lot.

Jonell Bonilla
Jonell Bonilla (West Springfield Police Department)

Jonell Bonilla, currently on probation out of Hartford, is charged with the following:

  1. Fail to Stop for Police
  2. Operating a motor vehicle with a Suspended License
  3. Concealing the ID of motor vehicle license plate
  4. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  5. Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
  6. Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
  7. Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  8. Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card
  9. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle

There were no injuries reported to any innocent bystanders, the suspect or police officers, according to West Springfield Police Sergeant Joe LaFrance.