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Police Reports | May 3-12, 2021



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Six Charges

On Monday, May 3, at approximately 8:30 am, Newtown police officers responded to Berkshire Road in the area of Bennetts Bridge Road for the report of an evading motor vehicle accident.

Curtis J. Hopkins, 68, of Newtown, told police he had been traveling east on Berkshire when he observed a vehicle — later determined to be a 1998 GMC Suburban — cross the center line and head toward his vehicle, a 2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. Hopkins swerved onto the eastbound shoulder of Berkshire to avoid a head-on collision with the Suburban, according to the police report. The Suburban’s driver’s side mirror struck the driver’s side mirror of the Mazda.

A witness told police they saw the Suburban swerving and driving at a slow pace on Berkshire. The witness also saw the Suburban cross the double yellow line and strike the Mazda, and then continue from the collision.

Hopkins was not injured.

Police located the Suburban a short time later on Jeremiah Road.

Following an investigation, Courtney McDonald-Coleman, 39, of Danbury, was placed under arrest for DUI, evading responsibility, illegal operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to drive right, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.

McDonald-Coleman was released on a $500 non-surety bond and was given a May 18 appearance at Danbury Superior Court.

Wires Down

A 2022 International MV607, a commercial size truck rented from Penske Leasing, being operated by Aaron D. Gist, 36, of Hartford, was backing into a driveway on Park Lane around 10:06 am, Sunday, May 10. The left rear section of the box truck made contact with two low-hanging service lines, knocking them off the house.

When the truck pulled forward, the driver’s side tires damaged a section of the lawn next to the road and driveway.

No injuries were reported to Gist or his passenger.

No enforcement was taken.

Wedding Ring

A man’s silver and gold colored wedding band was found at Treadwell Park on Monday, May 10.

Its owner can contact Newtown Police Department, 203-426-5841, to claim it.

Newtown police officers speak with the driver of a Toyota Camry that was involved in a collision with a Honda FIT (see next photo) at the Main Street flagpole around noon on Wednesday, May 12. Newtown Hook & Ladder firefighters and a Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Crew also responded to the scene, which slowed traffic for nearly an hour. Both drivers were checked for injuries, but neither needed to go to the hospital. The vehicles were towed. —Bee Photo, Hicks
The driver of this Honda FIT was checked for injuries but did not need to go to the hospital after she was involved in a collision with a Toyota Camry (see previous photo) near the Main Street flagpole and Newtown Meeting House on May 12. —Bee Photos, Hicks
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