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Police Reports | June 13-20, 2020



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Suspended License, Two Court Dates

Newtown police were dispatched on June 20 at approximately 3:16 am to the area of South Main Street and Botsford Hill Road following a report of erratic operation of a motor vehicle.

Officers found a gray Mazda sedan pulled over on the northbound shoulder of South Main Street. As a police officer approached the vehicle, the Mazda pulled out and began to drive away. A responding officer turned their vehicle around and initiated a vehicle stop on the Mazda.

Upon investigation, it was learned that the operator of the vehicle, Ashley Dobson, 24, of Bridgeport, had two arrest warrants outstanding for failure to appear, one in Bridgeport and the other in New Britain.

Dobson was placed under arrest and transported to Newtown Police Department.

Dobson was charged with failure to appear, second degree, and given a court date of July 27 in New Britain Superior Court. She was released on a $25,000 surety bond.

Dobson was reprocessed and charged again with failure to appear, second degree, with a court date of July 23 in Bridgeport Superior Court, and released on a $1,000 surety bond.

Dobson was also given a misdemeanor summons for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. For that charge she was given a court date of July 30 in Danbury Superior Court and released on a $1,000 non-surety bond.

Loss Of Brakes

A two-vehicle accident occurred on South Main Street on June 19, reportedly due to an issue with one vehicle’s brake lines.

A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado K3500 had been traveling south on South Main Street, just north of the intersection with Meadow Brook Road, towing a trailer with landscaping equipment on it, around 6:46 pm. The Chevrolet was operated by John Giannelli IV, 40, of Newtown.

A 2018 Volvo XC90 T6, operated by Wenli Gao, 52, of Newtown, was also traveling south, ahead of Giannelli.

The Volvo was slowing or stopped for traffic ahead, according to the police report.

Giannelli told police he applied the brakes and was slowing when the brake pedal became spongy. The Silverado slowed but did not stop, and struck the rear of Volvo.

The front of Silverado sustained very minor damage, but a pool of brake fluid under the vehicle indicated a brake line had ruptured, causing a loss of braking. The vehicle was towed as a result.

Gao declined medical assistance after reporting neck pain.

Giannelli was issued a verbal warning for following too close.

Lost Wedding Ring

Newtown police received a report of a lost wedding ring at Pond Brook boat launch.

The ring is believed to have been lost during the weekend of June 13-14.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 203-426-5841.

Police reports for Newtown, Conn., for the period of June 13-20, 2020.
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