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Police Reports | March 17-April 3, 2013

Chrysler Hits Building

At about 8:17 pm on March 17, motorist William Velez, 17, of Trumbull was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV southward near 96 Great Ring Road, when the vehicle went off the left road shoulder and collided with a garage, heavily damaging the structure, police said.

There were no injuries. Police said they issued Velez a written warning for failure to drive to the right.

(A photo of this accident appeared in the March 22 edition of The Bee).

 

Highway Ramp

State police report a two-vehicle sideswipe accident about 7:42 am on March 18 on the Exit 11 on-ramp for eastbound Interstate 84.

In that incident, motorist Nereida Medina, 57, of Waterbury, who was driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, sideswiped motorist Olga Coleman-Williams, 39, of 50 Pole Bridge Road, who was driving a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, state police said.

There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.

 

Snowstorm Mishap

At about 4:39 am on March 19 during a snowstorm, driver Willie Banks, 48, of Cheraw, S.C., who was driving a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer truck eastward on Interstate 84, about 1,000 east of Exit 11, lost control of the vehicle and it jackknifed onto the road’s left lane and center lane, state police said.

About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled. State environmental inspectors went to the scene to supervise a cleanup project, according to state police.

The incident caused travel delays on the highway. Banks was not injured. State police said they issued him an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions.

 

Hawleyville Accident

Police said that during a period of sleet at about 6 am on March 19, there were hazardous road conditions caused by the presence of slush on the pavement near 173 Mt Pleasant Road.

Motorist Joseph Canapetti, 52, of Trumbull was driving a 1996 Toyota Corolla sedan westward, as motorist Stephen Barry, 43, of New Fairfield was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck eastward, police said.

Due to the slippery conditions, Canapetti lost control of the Toyota, crossed the road’s centerline and collided with the Chevrolet driven by Barry, police said.

Newtown ambulance volunteers transported Barry to Danbury Hospital to be evaluated for pain, police said. Police said they issued Canapetti an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and for failure to drive to the right.

 

Interstate Incident

State police report that motorist Gregory Clark, 34, of 15 Oakview Road was driving a 1999 Subaru Legacy on westbound Interstate 84’s Exit 11 on-ramp at about 6:40 am on March 19, when the vehicle struck a large piece of asphalt curbing lying on the roadway.

The impact caused two of the Subaru’s tires to go flat. Clark was not injured.

 

SUV vs SUV

About 11:27 am on March 20, motorist Donald Mikita, 70, of 16 Serenity Lane, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV southward on South Main Street, stopped for traffic conditions near Prospect Drive, after which the Trailblazer was struck from behind by a southbound 2010 Chevrolet Traverse SUV driven by motorist Susan Steimel, 42, of 3 Narragansett Trail, police report.

There were no injuries. Steimel received a written warning for following too closely, police said.

 

Sandy Hook Crash

At about 2:24 pm on March 20, motorist Kevin Daly, 40, of West Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Land Rover LR-2 SUV southward on Berkshire Road, stopped for traffic conditions near Pole Bridge Road and was then struck from behind by southbound motorist Victor Moro, 28, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2005 Honda CRV SUV, police said.

There were no injuries. Police said they gave Moro a written warning for following too closely.

 

Info Sought

Police said that at about 8 pm on March 20, a Westport woman was driving a 2005 Mini Cooper convertible southward on South Main Street, near Sand Hill Plaza.

While the Mini Cooper was waiting at a traffic signal, it was struck from behind by a tailgating sedan, which may have been green, police said. The Mini Cooper’s driver was not injured.

The sedan’s driver then drove away from the accident southward on South Main Street and then possibly turned left onto eastbound Button Shop Road, police said.

Police ask anyone with knowledge incident to contact Officer Paula Wickman at the police station at 203-426-5841.

 

Weapon

Police report that at about 9 pm on March 21, they stopped motorist Errol Gayle, 48, of Hartford on Sugar Street (Route 302), near its intersection with Rock Ridge Road, in Dodgingtown to investigate.

When checking the vehicle that Gayle was driving, police discovered a large knife within, they said.

Police charged Gayle with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, driving while under suspension, and failure to keep to the right on a curve.

Gayle posted $500 bail and was released for arraignment on the charges on April 4 in Danbury Superior Court, police said.

 

Multiple Charges

Art about 5 pm on March 24, police stopped motorist Alexandra Mayans, 23, of Bridgeport near 100 Wasserman Way to investigate.

Police said they charged Mayans with failure to display a marker plate, driving while under suspension, possession of a shoplifting device, interfering with police, and possession of a weapon in motor vehicle.

Mayans was released on $1,000 bail for an April 9 court appearance.

 

Hyundai Collision

At about 12:44 pm on March 26, motorist Carolyn Protsko, 31, of Monroe was driving a 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan westward near 42 High Bridge Road, when while negotiating a left curve in the road, the vehicle went off the right road shoulder, according to police.

The Hyundai then struck some guardcabling and a tree, police said. Protsko was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Protsko received an infraction for making a restricted turn, police report.

 

Berkshire Crash

Motorist Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr, 48, of Shelton was driving a 2011 Subaru legacy sedan southward near 303 Berkshire Road at about 7:13 pm on March 26, when a deer ran onto the street and collided with the auto, police said.

Kennedy was not injured. Police took no enforcement action.

 

Warrant

Police said they charged Matthew DiGiacomo, 31, of New Milford on a warrant on March 28, lodging counts of sixth-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespassing in connection with an incident that occurred last fall.

DiGiacomo was arraigned on the charges March 28 in Danbury Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to both offenses.

DiGiacomo was being held on bail on April 2 in the Bridgeport Correctional Center for an April 3 court appearance.

 

Taunton Lake Road Burglary

Police report they are investigating a burglary that occurred at a home on Taunton Lake Road.

Police said that sometime overnight on March 30-31, someone entered the home and stole a laptop computer and some personal checks. Police ask anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact investigating officer Scott Smith at the police station at 203-426-5841.

 

Salon Burglary

Police report they are investigating a burglary that occurred about 10:15 pm on March 31 at the Sandy Hook Hair Company at 102 Church hill Road in Sandy Hook Center.

In the incident, the burglar entered the business through a rear door and then stole some money, police said.

Police ask anyone with knowledge of the crime to contact Officer Paula Wickman at the police station at 203-426-5841.

 

Main Street Collision

A two-vehicle accident occurred on Main Street, near its intersection with East Street, about 1:34 pm on April 2.

Police said that motorist Robert Cedergren, 51, of 8 Misty Vale Road was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck northward on Main Street and then stopped for traffic conditions, after which the Chevrolet was struck from behind by northbound motorist George Purdy, 52, of Danbury, who was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

There were no injuries. Police said they issued Purdy a written warning for following too closely.

 

Warrant

Newtown police report they arrested Timothy Byrne, 27, of 12 The Boulevard on a warrant on April 2 at Danbury Superior Court, charging Byrne with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny in connection with a November 2012 incident.

Byrne was arraigned in court on those charges that day and did not plead. He is scheduled to return to court on April 18.

Byrne was being held on bail on April 3 at the New Haven Correctional Center on the pending Newtown charges and also on pending burglary/attempted larceny charges stemming from a November 2012 incident in Southbury. Byrne has been in state custody since November.

 

Warrant

Police said that on the night of April 2, they went to 4 Pine Street with a warrant and charged Thomas Jackman, 22, of that address, with evading responsibility, making a restricted turn, and traveling too fast for conditions in connection with a January 29 motor vehicle accident.

Police said they held Jackman on $250 bail for an April 3 appearance in Danbury Superior Court.

 

Accident At Flagpole Intersection

A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of West Street, Main Street, and Church Hill Road about 5:27 pm on April 3, police report.

Police said motorist Josip Racan, 23, of Naugatuck was driving a 1999 Isuzu SUV southward on Main Street, as motorist Connor Quinn, 18, of 3 Ridge Road was driving a 2001 Hyundai sedan eastward on West Street.

The Hyundai pulled into the intersection, resulting in a collision with the Isuzu, police said. There were no injuries. Police said they issued Quinn a written warning for failure to grant the right of way from a stop sign.

 

DUI Arrest

Police report that at about 6:26 pm on April 3, motorist Nicholas Cerreta, 27, of 6 Leopard Drive, who was driving a vehicle on Button Shop Road, was involved in a two-vehicle accident there in which there were no injuries.

Police said that after investigating, they charged Cerreta with driving under the influence and with failure to drive to the right on a curve.

Police said they released Cerreta on $100 bail for an April 17 appearance in Danbury Superior Court.

 

 

 

 

 

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