Andrew Hellman of Northwest Woods pleaded guilty Monday, April 15, to a charge of assaulting a police officer, a felony, along with two misdemeanor charges, reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated.
Hellman was seated behind the wheel of a 2001 GMC Yukon Denali in the parking lot of the Montauk 7-Eleven a little before 5 AM September 1, 2018. It was Labor Day weekend, a busy one for East Hampton Town police assigned to Montauk.
In Hellman’s vehicle were four other men. It appeared to police that drug-related business was taking place, and an officer approached from the driver’s side. When Officer Andrew Nimmo leaned in to talk to Hellman, he floored the accelerator, pulling out of the parking lot. He dragged Nimmo about 20 feet, before the officer was able to free himself of the Denali, just moments
before it flipped over onto its side.
As officers responded, they found Hellman still behind the wheel, with a quantity of narcotics reportedly being found in the vehicle.
Besides the charges Hellman pled to, he was also charged with two felony narcotics counts. Those were dismissed in satisfaction of Hellman’s admission of guilt to the assault.
He remains in custody, as he has since the time of his arrest, and will be formally sentenced in the county courtroom of Justice Stephen Braslow in Riverside at a later date.