Police Reports | January 17-29, 2020
Police report that after learning that they held an arrest warrant for him, Charles Sekera, 23, of Shelton, came to the police station at about 9:30 am on January 29 to surrender.
Police charged Sekera with driving under the influence, failure to drive to the right on a curve, and failure to drive in the proper lane.
The three charges stem from a serious motor vehicle accident in which Sekera was a driver. The accident occurred about 3:19 pm on September 6, 2019. Both the Sandy Hook and Botsford volunteer fire companies responded to that incident to extricate a person from the accident wreckage near the intersection of Berkshire Road and Old Mill Road. The incident caused travel delays in that area.
Following arrest processing on January 29, police released Sekera from custody on $500 bail for a February 12 arraignment on the charges before a judge in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.
Police report that they stopped motorist Raymond Bratisax, 56, of Danbury, at about 11:35 pm on January 28 near 173 Mt Pleasant Road to investigate possible vehicular violations.
Police said they charged Bratisax with driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. Following arrest processing, Bratisax was released from custody for a February 11 appearance in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.
Police said that at about 12:43 pm on January 24, there was a two-vehicle collision on Edmond Road at the driveway for Wheels gas station.
Motorist Matthew Kainoa Healanicarter Cates, 33, of Oakville, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Express van southward on Edmond Road as motorist Colton Hein, 16, of Newtown, who was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue SUV, was exiting the gas station onto Edmond Road, resulting in the two vehicles colliding, police said.
There were no injuries. Hein received a written warning for failure to grant the right of way.
Volvo Vs Honda
At about 3:25 pm on January 24, motorist Rebecca Walsh, 16, of Newtown, who was driving a 2017 Volvo XC-60 T-5 SUV eastward on Appleblossom Lane, stopped at a stop sign at its intersection with South Main Street, police said.
At that time, motorist John Dance, 57, of Newtown, was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV southward on South Main Street. The Volvo then attempted to enter South Main Street, resulting in the two vehicles colliding. There were no injuries. Walsh received a written warning for failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign.
Chevy Vs Flagpole
Motorist Luis Leon-Ioja, 45, of Danbury, who was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt auto about 12:49 pm on January 23, stopped at a stop sign at Church Hill Road and then attempted to turn left to drive southward on Main Street, but then drove head-on into the 100-foot-tall Main Street flagpole, police said.
There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Leon-Ioja for making a restricted turn. There are no protective barriers around the flagpole.
Police report that while on patrol about 9:54 pm on January 23, they stopped motorist Jelson Joel Pavon-Zuniga, 24, of Danbury, on eastbound Interstate 84 to investigate for possible vehicular violations.
Police charged Pavon-Zuniga with driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license, driving without automotive insurance, and falsifying a marker plate/license/registration. Pavon-Zuniga was released for a February 5 court appearance.
State police report that motorist Catherine Blansfield, 65, of Danbury, who was driving a 2019 Buick Encore SUV, stopped at a stop sign at the end of eastbound Interstate 84’s Exit 9 off-ramp at about 9:46 am on January 22, after which the Buick was struck from behind by a 2018 Toyota RAV-4 SUV driven by Janet Kahn, 78, of Danbury.
There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Kahn for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
A two-vehicle accident occurred on westbound Interstate 84, west of the Exit 9 on-ramp, at about 11:05 am on January 22, according to state police.
In that incident, motorist Ronald Swift, 28, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2017 Hyundai Accent auto, hit the rear end of a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Yiber Selmani, 50, of Southbury. There were no injuries. Swift received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
At about 11:36 am on January 22, trucker Trevor Pinto, 66, of Hartford, who was driving a 2012 Freightliner truck, was waiting in a line of traffic on westbound Interstate 84, about 500 feet west of the Exit 9 on-ramp, when a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, which was driven by Daquan Agurs, 28, of New York City, struck the rear end of the Freightliner, state police said.
There were no injuries. State police issued Agurs an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart and for driving without a license.
A two-vehicle collision occurred at the four-way intersection of Hattertown Road, Key Rock Road, and Poverty Hollow Road about 5:27 pm on January 17. Each leg of that junction is controlled by a stop sign.
The collision involved motorist Kaitlyn Duclos, 27, of South Windsor, who was driving a 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUV, and motorist Towanna Randall, 43, of Hamden, who was driving a 2011 Honda Accord, police said. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Randall and Honda passenger Crystal Allderige, 36, of New Haven to be checked for possible injuries. Police verbally warned Duclos for a stop sign violation.
Truck Hits Overpass
Police report that at about 8:04 pm on January 17, trucker Kelvin Perez, 35, of New York City, was driving a 2020 Freightliner commercial truck southward on Botsford Hill Road and attempted to pass beneath the Housatonic Railroad’s rail bridge there, but the truck’s cargo box struck the bridge, damaging the truck.
There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Perez for failure to obey state traffic commission signs and markings. The bridge is marked as a low-clearance overpass.
About 11:35 pm on January 17, motorist Jacqueline Zvon, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2013 Hyundai Tucson SUV eastward on Rockywood Drive, crossed over into the westbound lane and then struck a stormwater drainage structure along the westbound road shoulder, police said.
The Hyundai then crossed onto Russett Road and struck some curbing along the southbound road shoulder. There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Zorn for making a restricted turn.