A Connecticut police officer was charged in death of fellow cop after DUI crash of Rolls Royce in Vegas

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  • A New Haven, Connecticut police officer was charged following a car crash in Las Vegas in which his colleague died.
  • Robert Ferraro, 34, faces DUI and reckless driving charges for the deadly crash, according to KVVU-TV.
  • The deceased officer was identified as 35-year-old Joshua Castellano, police said.
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A New Haven, Connecticut police officer was charged following a crash in Las Vegas that resulted in the death of his colleague early Friday morning, according to reports.

Robert Ferraro of the New Haven Police Department was charged with DUI and reckless driving, KLAS-TV reported citing court documents.

The veteran officer who died in the crash was identified as 35-year-old Joshua Castellano who worked seven years at the department, according to the outlet.

“Please keep our officers, department, and the family of Officer Castellano in your prayers,” the Haven Police Department said in a Facebook post.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said that Castellano “will be greatly missed” in a statement, according to KVVU-TV.

Police said that Castellano was in the passenger’s seat while 34-year-old Ferraro was driving the 2020 Rolls Royce around 4 a.m, KVVU-TV reported. The news station reported that a few other officers were also inside the car during the incident.

According to police, Ferraro was driving when the Rolls Royce started to “lose control” and crashed into a car that was in a driveway, the outlets reported.

The vehicle then hit a fire hydrant, trees, and numerous utility poles resulting in the car to overturn and Castellano was ejected from the Rolls Royce, the reports said. Castellano was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ferraro was arrested and is held on a $US100,00 ($AU13,763) bond as of Saturday, according to the reports.