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Police Reports | May 5-May 15, 2023



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Private Property Bump

Newtown Police report Leni May, 71, of Palm Beach, Fla., operating a 2021 Mini Cooper, was parked in a marked parking spot in the lot of 5 Queen Street at 11:55 am May 5. May backed from the space, then moved to travel forward, and struck an unoccupied 2021 Lincoln Nautilus parked in an adjacent space.

No injuries were reported. No enforcement action was taken since the incident occurred on private property.

Hit Guardrail

Newtown Police report Christian Morlock, 24, of Newtown, operating a 2018 Jeep Compass, was traveling eastbound on Brushy Hill Road at 3:32 pm May 7. Morlock’s vehicle turned left into the opposing lane, striking a guardrail.

No injuries were reported. Morlock’s vehicle was towed. Morlock received an infraction for failure to drive right.

Left Turn Collision

Newtown Police report Thomas Nelson, 42, of Newtown, operating a 2018 Toyota Tacoma, was making a left turn from Main Street onto West Street at 6:20 pm May 8. While turning, his vehicle was struck by a 2021 Honda Accord operated by Flavia Berhama, 17, of Newtown.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed. No enforcement action was mentioned in the report.

Struck Utility Pole

Newtown Police report William Wasserback, 42, of Prospect, operating a 1989 Ford Conventional N, a well drilling truck, was pulling onto a property on Pepperidge Road at 10:01 am May 10. Due to muddy conditions, while backing up, Wasserback crossed Pepperidge Road and struck a utility pole, which snapped and fell on top of Wasserback’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was not towed.

Wasserback was issued an infraction for unsafe backing.

Theft Of Excavator

Newtown Police reported on May 10, Ahmed Ahsan, 57, of Newtown, turned himself in to the Newtown Police Department on an active warrant. The warrant stems from a case in February where an excavator was reported stolen. Ahsan was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle — first offense.

He was released on a $10,000 bond with a court date of May 24 in Danbury Superior Court.

Failure To Keep Lane

Newtown Police report Joshua Bent, 23, of Newtown, operating a 2022 Ford F250, was traveling northbound on South Main Street at 4:58 pm May 10. Patricia O’Keefe, 64, of Stratford, operating a 2020 Hyundai Elantra, was traveling in the southbound travel lane of South Main Street. Bent attempted to turn left onto Country Club Drive and the front of his vehicle struck the front of O’Keefe’s vehicle.

O’Keefe reported minor injuries but was not transported to Danbury Hospital. O’Keefe’s vehicle was towed.

Bent was issued an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane.

Mercedes Vs Nissan

Newtown Police report William Joyce, 87, of Newtown, operating a 2019 Mercedes S 560, was traveling westbound on School House Hill Road approaching the intersection with Main Street at 3:09 pm May 12. Tyler White, 17, of Newtown, operating a 2022 Nissan Murano, was traveling northbound on Main Street, south of School House Hill Road. Police say Joyce entered the northbound travel lane on Main Street when it was unsafe to do so, and the front end of his vehicle crashed into the front end of White’s vehicle.

White was transported to Danbury Hospital for a possible injury. His vehicle was towed.

Joyce was issued an infraction for failure to obey a stop sign.

DUI Arrest

Newtown Police responded to a report of a single car motor vehicle collision on Wasserman Way at 11:18 pm May 13. On arrival, police investigated and arrested Erica Klaene, 37, of Watertown, on the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to drive right.

Klaene was released on a $500 bond with a court date of May 25 in Danbury Superior Court.

Hit Utility Pole

Newtown Police report Adu Oppong, 54, of Trumbull, operating a 2022 Tesla Model 3, was traveling southbound on Currituck Road at 8:49 am May 14. An unidentified vehicle was traveling northbound on Currituck Road and reportedly swerved into the southbound lane in front of Oppong. Police say Oppong then swerved into the northbound travel lane to avoid the unknown vehicle, left the roadway to the left, and struck a utility pole.

No injuries were reported. Oppong’s vehicle was towed.

The unidentified vehicle was described to police as an SUV. Any person who witnessed the incident is requested to contact the Newtown Police Department at 203-426-5841.

Restricted Turn

Newtown Police report Khalil Vessup, 17, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2012 Ford Fusion, was traveling southbound on South Main Street in the right hand lane, at 1:13 pm May 15.

Reyes Miranda, 22, of Bridgeport, operating a 2009 Honda Pilot, was traveling southbound on South Main Street in the left hand lane, ahead of Vessup.

The two lanes merged, and the front of Vessup’s vehicle struck the rear right of Miranda’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Vessup was issued a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Newtown Hook & Ladder Firefighter Rachael Warburton puts down Speedi-Dri for fluids leaking from a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier that had been hit by the 2007 Toyota Highlander behind it and a 2016 Jeep Patriot in front of it (not pictured) around 8:50 am Thursday, May 11, on Main Street. According to Newtown Police, John M. Kerr, 19, of Monroe, was operating the Highlander north on Main Street, just south of the intersection with East Street. The Cavalier and Patriot, also traveling north, had both stopped for traffic but Kerr did not stop before colliding with the Cavalier. The impact from the Highlander pushed the Cavalier into the rear of the Patriot. All drivers were wearing seat belts. No injuries were reported. The Cavalier was towed due to its damage. Kerr was issued an infraction for following too close. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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