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Police Reports | August 4-10, 2020



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Following Too Closely

A 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier was being operated by Steven A. Bowers, 32, of Sandy Hook, southbound on Toddy Hill Road around 3:14 pm Tuesday, August 4, during extremely high winds and dangerous weather conditions, including trees falling with wires involved in the area, according to the police report.

A 2018 Ford Escape being operated by Christopher Brady, 56, of Branford, was also traveling south on Toddy Hill Road, behind the Chevrolet.

The Chevrolet reportedly stopped due to traffic in front of it, related to the storm conditions. The Ford was unable to stop in time and collided with the rear bumper of the Chevrolet.

No injuries were reported. Air bags did not deploy on either vehicle.

Brady was issued a verbal warning for Following Too Closely.

Camry Vs International

A 2018 International 4000 430 being operated by Edward Castellan, 61, of Southbury, was traveling south on Toddy Hill Road, near its intersection with Turkey Roost Road, around 10:26 pm Tuesday, August 4. Castellan, an Eversource employee, told police he was traveling approximately 2 mph along Toddy Hill Road, with the vehicle’s emergency amber lights illuminated, because he was inspecting lines after a major storm that went through the area earlier that day.

A 2012 Toyota Camry SE, operated by Kayla Terry, 18, of Botsford, was also traveling south on Toddy Hill Road, behind Castellan. Terry told police she did not see the Eversource vehicle, was unable to stop in time, and struck the rear of the International.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. The air bags on the Camry deployed. No injuries were reported.

The International sustained minor rear bumper damage. The Toyota sustained heavy front end damage and was towed from the scene.

Terry was given a verbal warning for Restricted Turn.

Evading Responsibility

A 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sport operated by Paul J. Morris, 86, was traveling behind a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE, operated by Jason Karlins, 44, of Monroe, in the parking lot of 5 Queen Street around 10:21 am Thursday, August 6.

The Jetta began to back up, and in the process the rear of that vehicle made contact with the front of the Golf, causing minor damage.

Both drivers and a passenger in the Golf were wearing seatbelts. Neither vehicle’s air bags deployed. No injuries were reported.

Karlins was issued a misdemeanor summons for Evading Responsibility.

Restricted Turn

Joann Mathis, 64, of Monroe, was traveling west on Meadow Brook Road, operating a 2017 Honda Civic EX around 4:47 pm Monday, August 10.

As Mathis approached the one-way bridge just west of the intersection of Lazy Brook Road, she failed to move to the left to avoid striking the concrete support walls of a small bridge over Lazy Brook. The passenger side of the vehicle struck the bridge, and then the vehicle continued approximately 200 feet before coming to rest on the road’s shoulder.

Mathis stated she did not remember the accident. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision, and the vehicle’s air bags deployed.

Botsford Fire Rescue and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded to the collision.

Mathis reported minor injuries but refused medical aid at the scene.

The vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling damage to the tire.

Mathis was issued a verbal warning for Restricted Turn.

Police reports covering Newtown, Conn., for the period of August 4-10, 2020.
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