Motorcyclist pleads not guilty to hitting trooper after game

The suspect's attorney says his client didn't intend to hit the trooper.

State Police Car Logo Massachusetts State Police cruiser

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A motorcyclist accused of striking and seriously injuring a Massachusetts State Police trooper who was working a traffic detail after a New England Patriots game has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-five-year-old Jose Perez-Rodriguez entered the plea Monday in Wrentham to charges including assault and battery on a police officer. He remains held without bail.

Authorities say Capt. Christopher Wilcox was hit in a parking lot near Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday. He was hospitalized for “blunt force” injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio says Perez-Rodriguez was fleeing troopers who tried to stop him when he drove his 2009 Ducati against traffic and entered a parking lot where he struck the trooper.

Perez-Rodriguez’s attorney says his client didn’t intend to hit the trooper.

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