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Bronx man sentenced to 15 years for running down 2 Mount Pleasant police officers

Nathan Irizarry, 39, attacked the officers during an attempted traffic stop in November 2015, according to court documents

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WHITE PLAINS — A Bronx man who was convicted of hitting two Westchester County police officers with his car and severely injuring both, learned Tuesday morning how much time he'll spend behind bars.

A judge ordered 39-year-old Nathan Irizarry to 15 years in state prison with five years post release supervision after being found guilty by a jury of two counts of assault on a police officer.

According to court documents, Irizarry attacked two Mount Pleasant police officers in November of 2015 during an attempted traffic stop on Route 117 near Rockefeller State Park.

The two officers, Sgt. Mike McGuinn and Luke Oliveri suspected Irizarry of drag racing in the area and tried pulling him over, but Irizarry sped off.

The officers caught up to him shortly after but when officers were attempting to physically remove him from the car standing at the driver's side with the door open, Irizarry shifted the car into reverse at a high speed, dragging McGuinn about 50 feet on the highway and hitting Oliveri, who was then knocked unconscious.

It took three months to find and arrest Irizarry, during which time both officers were recovering from severe injuries, including broken ribs and shattered bones.

Oliveri has since returned to duty but McGuinn has not been able to work due to his injuries from the assault. Oliveri was in court to observe the sentencing.

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