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Police Reports | July 11-19, 2021



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Failure To Obey Stop Sign

Newtown police report a 2012 Hyunda Elantra being operated by Vaughn M. Francis, 45, of Danbury, was traveling south on Jeremiah Road around 9:04 pm Sunday, July 11.

Francis failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Jeremiah Road. The Elantra continued across Pole Bridge Road before striking a concrete catch basin with its left front bumper/wheel.

No injuries were reported.

Francis was given a verbal warning for failure to obey a stop sign.

Restricted Turn/Rollover

Newtown police report a 2019 Nissan Altima being operated by Samantha E. King, 16, of Sandy Hook, was traveling west on Berkshire Road around 11:02 pm Sunday, July 11, when it struck an embankment along the westbound shoulder.

The vehicle then rolled onto its driver’s side, then onto its roof.

Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue also responded to the scene.

King was checked for injuries, and then transported to a hospital.

She was given a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Two Charges

On Monday, July 12, at approximately 8:21 pm, Newtown police were dispatched to the area of Riverside and Goodyear roads following a report of a motor vehicle accident.

An investigation led to the arrest of Tiffany Lowe, 41, of Newtown. Lowe was subsequently charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs and failure to drive to the right.

Lowe was released on a $100 appearance bond and given a July 27 to court date to appear in Danbury Superior Court.

Verbal Warning

Newtown police report a 2005 Toyota Corolla being operated by Patricia Olivieri, 66, of Thomaston, was stopped in the right turn only lane on Hawleyville Road, waiting at the traffic signal to make a right turn onto Mount Pleasant Road, around 2:59 pm, Thursday, July 15.

A 2013 Honda Civic being operated by Kristy Camilli, 31, of Naugatuck, was behind the Toyota.

The Civic moved forward and the front of that vehicle struck the rear of the Toyota.

No injuries were reported on scene.

Camilli was given a verbal warning for following too closely.

Minor Crash, Three Charges

Newtown police report a minor crash on Main Street around 7:38 pm, Thursday, July 15.

A 2007 Nissan Altima operated by Qusai H. Alsani, 23, of Mackinaw, Mich., was traveling south on Main Street, in heavy stop-and-go traffic, behind a 2013 Kia Sorrento being operated by Kerstin A. McCoy, 22, of Uniondale, N.Y.

McCoy stopped for traffic ahead, and the Nissan rear-ended the Kia.

Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue, and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Alsani was evaluated by Newtown Ambulance, but denied injury and refused transport to the hospital. No injuries were reported to McCoy or her two passengers.

Alsani was issued infractions for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and failure to carry insurance documentation. The Nissan was towed as a result.

McKoy was able to drive the Kia after the collision.

Breach Of Peace

Newtown police responded to the commercial plaza at 43 Main Street South around 5:04 pm Sunday, July 18, following a report of a dispute inside of a vehicle.

An investigation led to the arrest of Cassia Mauer, 23, of Nashua, N.H., who was issued a misdemeanor summons charging her with breach of peace in the second degree.

Mauer was released on a written promise to appear and given a July 19 court date to appear in Danbury Superior Court.

DUI Arrest

On Monday, July 19, at approximately 10:02 pm, Newtown police received a 911 call regarding an erratic driver traveling eastbound on Sugar Street. The caller reported that a Honda Pilot was unable to maintain its lane and swerving. The caller further reported that the vehicle had turned right onto South Main Street.

Officers located the vehicle on Wasserman Way. While following the vehicle, officers witnessed it swerving within its lane and crossing over the fog line and center line multiples times.

After the vehicle stopped at the red traffic light at Wasserman Way and Trades Lane, it was slow to respond to the light turning green. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Peter W. Alesevich, 65, of Canton.

Based upon the officers’ investigation, Alesevich was arrested and charged with one count of failure to maintain a lane and one count of driving under the influence.

Alesevich was released on a $100 cash bond and issued an August 3 court date at Danbury Superior Court.

Rain began to pour as first responders worked at the scene of a vehicle vs utility pole crash last Saturday afternoon. Newtown police, Hawleyville firefighters, a paramedic, and a mutual aid ambulance crew from Stony Hill in Bethel all responded to the area of 36 Butterfield Road, around 3 pm on July 17, after the crash was reported. The female driver of the SUV that struck and broke the pole and a young passenger in her vehicle were checked for injuries, but neither were transported to the hospital. An Eversource crew also responded to the scene to replace the pole; nearby residents were left without power until that replacement was completed. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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