Pickup Vs Sedan
A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Huntingtown Road on snow-covered pavement at about 9 am on February 8, police said.
Motorist Joseph Cappella, 26, of Monroe, who was driving a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, was stopped and waiting for traffic conditions, when motorist Robert Potash, 43, of Monroe, who was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck, attempted to stop, but slid on the snowy pavement and struck the rear end of the Mitsubishi, police said.
There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Potash for following too closely.
Toddy Hill Accident
Police report that motorist Widlyne Auba, 40, of Bridgeport was driving a 1998 Isuzu Trooper SUV northward on Toddy Hill Road near its intersection with Button Shop Road about 7 am on March 3, when the vehicle encountered black ice, struck some guardrailing and then hit an embankment, causing it to flip onto its left side.
Auba was transported to Danbury Hospital for medical evaluation, police said. Auba received a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions, according to police.
Illegally Parked Tractor-Trailer
State police said that at about 10 pm on March 3, they learned that a tractor-trailer truck was positioned on the grass highway median off eastbound Interstate 84, between Exits 9 and 10, so they went to the area to investigate.
State police said that no accident had occurred, but that the truck was simply parked there. State police said they learned of a pending warrant against trucker David Hastings, 26, of Lancaster, Penn., whom they charged with first-degree failure to appear in court in connection with an October 2005 incident in Windsor. State police held Hastings on bail for a March 4 court appearance.
Police report that at about 1:39 pm on March 4, they responded to the TJ Maxx clothing store at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street after learning that an alleged case of shoplifting had occurred there.
Before police arrived at the store, the suspect in the case had fled the scene in a vehicle which police stopped near 153 South Main Street, police said.
Police said they found allegedly stolen merchandise as well as drugs in the possession of Terri Payne, 33, of West Haven.
Police charged Payne with fifth-degree larceny, which reflects the theft of goods worth between $500 and $1,000, as well as possession of narcotics not in their original prescription container, and illegal possession of narcotics.
Payne was released on $10,000 bail for a March 15 court appearance.
Motorist Raymond Donnelly, 49, of Prospect was driving a 1998 Volvo V-70 station wagon westward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 10, about 6:40 am on March 5, when he became distracted, after which he looked back to the roadway in front of him and saw that vehicles were putting on their brakes, state police said.
In an avoidance maneuver, Donnelly jerked the steering wheel and then lost control, driving down an embankment and hitting a tree, state police said.
Donnelly was not injured. State police said they verbally warned him for failure to drive in the proper lane.
Police report that motorist Shane Merrick, 19, of Bethel was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier coupe northward near 196 Hanover Road at about 12:13 am on March 8, when the auto stared to slide on the snow-covered pavement.
The vehicle struck some wooden posts and then traveled down an embankment at the entrance to the town’s boat launch, police said.
There were no injuries. Police said they verbally warned Merrick for traveling too fast for conditions.
Motorist Diane Morrison, 48, of Brookfield was driving a 2005 Dodge Durango SUV southward near 35 Obtuse Road about 7:07 am on March 8, when the vehicle slid on the snow-covered pavement and struck a tree on the left road shoulder, police said.
Morrison was not injured. Police said they verbally warned her for traveling too fast for conditions.
At about 4:12 pm on March 7, motorist James Robert Mayer, 35, of 4 Prospect Drive, who was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck southward on South Main Street, stopped and was waiting to make a left turn onto Prospect Drive, police report.
Southbound motorist Deanna Leigh Johnson, 16, of 22 Dusty Lane, who was driving a 2001 Ford truck, then struck the rear end of the Dodge, police said. There were no injuries. Police said they issued Johnson a written warning for following too closely.
Old Bethel Road
Motorist Michael Sage-Robinson, 43, of Bethel was driving a 2005 Subaru Legacy station wagon westward near 18 Old Bethel Road about 11 pm on March 7, when while making a right turn, the Subaru began sliding on the snow-covered road and then struck a tree, police said.
Sage-Robinson was not injured. Police report they verbally warned him for traveling too fast for conditions.
Motorist Hector Ortiz, 57, of Shelton was driving a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder SUV westward on Berkshire Road and was approaching its intersection with Pole Bridge Road at about 5:40 am on March 8, when the vehicle slid across the snow-covered pavement, struck a guardrail on the left side of the street, and then traveled to the right side of the street and struck a utility pole, police said.
The SUV then rolled onto its left side. Ortiz was not injured. Police said they verbally warned him for making a restricted turn.
Volvo Vs Chevrolet
About 8:25 am on March 8 during snowy conditions, motorist Douglas Guion, 39, of 16 Split Rock Road, who was driving a 2011 Volvo XC-70 SUV northward on Hattertown Road, attempted to make a right turn onto eastbound Boggs Hill Road, as motorist Matthew Allred, 35, of 52 Platts Hill Road was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV westward on Boggs Hill Road, police said.
While attempting the right turn, the Volvo went out of control and the two vehicles collided, police report.
There were no injuries. Police said they verbally warned Guion for making a restricted turn.
I-84 Buick Incident
While driving on Interstate 84, near Exit 9, about 9 am on March 8, motorist Daniel Renzulli, 22, of Norwalk was in the left lane of two lanes and then lost control of the 2000 Buick Century that he was driving, entering the median where the auto struck a guardrail, police said.
Renzulli was not injured. State police said he received an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane.
Motorist Jorge Hernandez, 31, of Waterbury was driving a 2000 Honda Civic eastward on Interstate 84, between Exit 11’s off-ramp and on-ramp, about 1:36 pm on March 8, when he lost control of the auto, drove to the left, struck some rock ledge, and then rolled over with the auto coming to rest on its roof, state police said.
Hernandez got out of the auto by himself. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported him to Danbury Hospital to be medically checked, state police said.
State police said they issued Hernandez an infraction on charges of traveling too fast for conditions, failure to drive in the proper lane, driving with unsafe tires, and driving without wearing a seatbelt.
Early on the morning of March 9, police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident near 14 Poverty Hollow Road, between that street’s intersections with Williams Lane and Hattertown Road.
Following their investigation, police said they charged motorist Barry Dawe, 69, of 2 Madison Drive with driving under the influence and with making a restricted turn.
Following processing, police released Dawe on $100 bail for a March 21 arraignment in Danbury Superior Court.
Police report that at about 2:09 am on March 9, they spotted motorist Christopher Miller, 24, of Rocky Hill, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westward on Wasserman Way, drive straight ahead in a left-turn-only travel lane, so they stopped him to investigate.
Police said they issued Miller an infraction for driving without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to obey traffic signs and markings.
An electronic records check also resulted in police charging Miller on a warrant with failure to respond to an infraction in connection with a past incident.
Police released Miller on $92 bail for a March 21 court appearance.
Police report that at about 7 am on March 9, they received a report concerning a motorist who was driving erratically in the vicinity of the Main Street/Currituck Road intersection, so they went to the area to investigate.
Police said they spotted the Honda in question and saw it enter the southbound lane of Currituck Road several times while traveling northward, so they stopped the driver to investigate.
Police said they charged motorist Dora Coayla, 22, of Springfield, Mass., with driving under the influence, failure to drive to the right, and failure to drive to the right on a curve.
After processing, police released Coayla on $1,000 bail for a March 28 court appearance.
At about 8 pm on March 9, motorist Alexander Gallager, 16, of Easton, who was driving a 2007 Saturn Outlook SUV, was making a left turn to exit Land’s End Cemetery off Hawleyville Road, near the Brookfield town line, as motorist Roger Jackson, 21, of Cary, N.C., was driving a 1990 Toyota Corolla sedan northward on Hawleyville Road, police said.
As the Saturn exited the cemetery, the two vehicles collided. There were no injuries. Police said they verbally warned Gallager for failure to grant the right of way.
Police said that they received a report concerning a motorist who was driving erratically in the area near the Sugar Street/Boggs Hill Road intersection at about 8:30 pm on March 9, so they went to that area to investigate.
Police said that they located the vehicle in question at 11 Palestine Road.
After investigating, police said they charged motorist Kelly Pinckney, 48, of 11 Palestine Road with driving under the influence, failure to drive to the right, failure to obey road signs/markings, and failure to grant the right of way at an intersection.
After processing, police released Pinckney on $500 bail for a March 28 court appearance.
Hyundai vs Honda
About 9 pm on March 9, motorist Bernardo Rodriguez, 58, of Bridgeport, who was driving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV on Hawleyville Road, near Covered Bridge Road, crossed over the street’s center line and collided with a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by motorist Tracy Minchak, 48, of 24 Brushy Hill Road, police said.
There were no injuries. Rodriguez received an infraction for failure to drive to the right, police said. Minchak received an infraction for driving an unregistered vehicle, according to police.
SUV vs SUV
A two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Sugar Street and Elm Drive about 5:50 pm on March 10.
Police said that motorist Paul Gordon, 42, of 7 Cedar Circle, who was driving a 2006 Toyota Sequoia SUV carrying four passengers, was waiting at a stop sign on northbound Elm Drive at its intersection with Sugar Street.
At that time, motorist Jessica Simonson, 23, of 6 Joan Drive, who was driving a 2011 Nissan Juke SUV westward on Sugar Street, was attempting to make a left turn onto southbound Elm Drive, but the Nissan struck the Toyota, police said.
There were no injuries. Simonson received an infraction for failure to drive to the right, police said.
Police said they went to Newtown High School about 11 am on March 11 in response to a report of an assault having occurred.
After investigating, police arrested a student under age 18 on a charge of breach of peace for allegedly having physically pushed a teacher. The teacher was not injured, police said.
Police said the juvenile was released into the custody of a guardian for a March 25 appearance in court. Because the person arrested was under 18, police did not disclose the person’s identity.
Police report that while he was at Danbury Superior Court on March 12 for an appearance in connection with other unrelated charges, they served a warrant against Michael Morrison, 27, of 138 Underhill Road charging him with fifth-degree larceny in connection with the alleged theft of a chainsaw last November.
Morrison pleaded not guilty to that charge at his arraignment. Morrison was being held on bail at Bridgeport Correctional Center on March 13 in connection with that charge and other pending charges. He is scheduled to return to Danbury court on March 12.