A New Haven police officer facing charges in connection with an accident in Las Vegas that killed another officer last week has posted bail.
New Haven Police Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, posted bail and is expected to be released soon, jail records show.
Ferraro faces charges, including driving while intoxicated with alcohol and / or controlled or prohibited substances resulting in death and reckless driving, according to Nevada court records.
Ferraro appeared in Las Vegas court on Saturday, where court records show his bond was reset to $ 100,000. He has since been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court again tomorrow.
Under the conditions, Ferraro must stay out of trouble and is not allowed to drink alcohol or drive, court records show. He must also submit to electronic surveillance.
Witnesses in the area saw a 2020 Rolls-Royce hurtle down a Las Vegas street before crashing into another car, utility poles and a fire hydrant around 4 a.m. on Friday, according to Las Vegas investigators. . Police added that the car had also overturned several times afterwards.
Authorities said that due to the impact, New Haven officer Joshua Castellano was thrown from the car and received rescue measures at the scene. He was then taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries, they added.
On Saturday, New Haven Police Chief Renee Dominguez said Castellano was a seven-year veteran and was hired in July 2014. She said when he was at the police academy, everyone knew he had something that wasn’t teachable.
Dominguez remembered Castellano as a man who came to work every day happy to be there, did his job with passion, was compassionate and was the whole thing.
She said he worked very hard and everyone had a story about him. Most recently, Castellano was assigned to the Shooting Task Force. Before that he was in the Hill District and before that in the Westville District.
“The heartache and pain that the men and women in the police department experience is that of a brother,” Dominguez said.
Castellano was a passenger in a car with three other New Haven officers, including Ferraro, who was driving, officials said.
The other passengers in the car and the driver of another involved car were slightly injured, police said.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker released this statement:
“My thoughts and condolences go out to Officer Castellano’s family as well as to his friends and colleagues in the New Haven Police Department,” Mayor Justin Elicker said in a statement. “Agent Castellano has served our community for seven years. We are grateful for the service of Officer Castellano; he will be sorely missed.
The Las Vegas Police Department continues to investigate the accident.