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Police Reports | August 20-September 9, 2023



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Drove Into Ditch

Newtown Police report Haley Moore, 22, of Newtown, operating a 2003 Acura 3.2 TI, was traveling north on Toddy Hill Road at 11:32 pm August 20. While negotiating a right hand curve in the roadway, Moore over-steered the curve, and the passenger’s side tires went off the roadway into a ditch. Police say this pulled the vehicle off the road and into an embankment.

EMS responded for minor injuries. The vehicle was towed.

Naked Man Incident

Newtown Police received a complaint of a naked man outside of a residence on Leopard Road. Police noted that this is the fourth incident of this nature in the last month. John Remchuk, 57, of Newtown, was arrested and charged with second-degree violation of conditions of release and public indecency. He was released on a $500 bond with a court date of September 12 in Danbury Superior Court.

Friendly Gesture Backfires

Newtown Police report Carle Turk, 54, of Newtown, operating a 2018 BMW 430XI, was exiting Walgreens onto South Main Street at 5:55 pm August 30. Brandalise Morales, 46, of Fairfield, operating a 2016 Ram ProMaster, was traveling southbound on South Main Street. Police say an unidentified vehicle in the left lane stopped to allow Turk into the roadway, but traffic in the right lane continued. Turk entered the roadway and struck Morales’ vehicle, front to passenger’s side.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

No enforcement action was mentioned in the report.

Drove Into Bushes

Newtown Police report Teri Rampolla, 50, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, was pulling into the parking lot of Maplewood, 166 Mt Pleasant Road, at 2:44 pm September 1. Rampolla believed she placed the vehicle in park, however, it accelerated forward over a curb and into some bushes.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed.

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

Hit Tractor Trailer

Newtown Police report Carolyn Colon-Ortega, 45, of Stratford, operating a 2023 Nissan Pathfinder, was traveling westbound on Hawleyville Road at 2:19 pm September 5. She was traveling behind a 2023 Kenworth tractor trailer operated by Samuel Neelands, 36, of Patterson, N.Y. Police say Neelands had to make a wide turn left and was partially in the right turn lane of Hawleyville Road. Colon-Ortega started to make a left turn and attempted to pass Neelands. The rear of Neelands vehicle drove into the left turn lane and the right side of Colon-Ortega’s vehicle struck the left side of Neelands’ vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Colon-Ortega was issued an infraction for unsafe passing.

Hit Entering Driveway

Newtown Police report Jean Krelzinger, 91, of Newtown, operating a 2009 Subaru Outback, was traveling northbound on Dodgingtown Road at 11:23 am September 6. She was traveling behind a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Michael Kimer, 63, of Newtown. Kimer stopped waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn into a driveway. Krelzinger did not stop in time, and rear-ended Kimer’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Krelizinger was issued a verbal warning for following too close.

CSP Collision

Newtown Police report Daniel Nichols, 49, of Middletown, operating a marked Connecticut State Police cruiser, was traveling westbound on the Interstate 84 westbound exit 9 ramp at the intersection of Hawleyville Road at 1:21 pm September 6. Nichols was escorting a highway truck off of the ramp. Alexander Dachenhausen, 40, of Southbury, operating a 1995 GMC Yukon, was traveling northbound on Hawleyville Road. The highway truck was attempting to make a left turn onto Hawleyville Road and Nichols was attempting to reposition his cruiser in front of the highway truck.

Police say Nichols entered the northbound travel lane when it was unsafe to do so and the front left corner of Dachenhausen’s vehicle struck the front left corner of the cruiser.

No injuries were reported. The cruiser was towed.

Nichols was issued a verbal warning for failure to grant right of way at a stop sign.

Parking Lot Incident

Newtown Police report Jason Velleca, 42, of East Haven, operating a 2018 Ford truck, was parked in the parking lot of 102 Church Hill Road at 12:28 pm September 7. An unoccupied 2020 Genesis Gv70 owned by Nicholas Heron, 29, of Sandy Hook, was parked across from Velleca’s vehicle in the same lot. Police say Velleca backed into Heron’s vehicle and continued out into Church Hill Road. Velleca returned to the lot after being contacted by his supervisor at Amazon, and said he did not realize he made contact with the other vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

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

Charged For Evading

Newtown Police arrested Gustavo Silva, 20, of Bridgeport, at 8:19 am September 8, on the charges of evading responsibility for injury or property damage, making an improper turn, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of September 26 in Danbury Superior Court.

DUI Charge

At 8:23 pm September 8, officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident located at the intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Hawleyville Road. Upon arrival, it was determined to be an incident, not an accident, as the operator of the vehicle, Paul Perreault, 58, of Watertown, told police he had run out of gas. Police say an investigation determined that Perreault was under the influence of an intoxicating substance and he was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was released on a promise to appear and given a court date of September 26 in Danbury Superior Court.

Hit & Run Driver Sought

Newtown Police report a parked and unoccupied 2012 Nissan Rogue owned by Brian Gallant of Trumbull was in a parking space of 5 Queen Street at 9:58 am September 9. An unknown vehicle made contact with the passenger side of Gallant’s vehicle, causing damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newtown Police Department at 203-426-5841.


Newtown Police report Eric Bloom, 56, of Shelton, operating a Chevrolet Spark, was traveling in the northbound lane of South Main Street, approaching the intersection of South Main Street, Meadow Brook Road and Botsford Hill Road at 5:59 pm September 9. He was traveling behind a 2004 Honda Accord operated by Francisco Carillo-Ceja, 41, of Monroe. Police say Carillo-Ceja came to a complete stop at the red light at the intersection and Bloom did not stop in time, rear-ending Carillo-Ceja’s vehicle.

An ambulance was called on scene to evaluate Carillo-Ceja and his three passengers, but all declined transport. Neither vehicle was towed.

Bloom was issued a warning for failure to obey a state traffic control signal and following too close.

A FedEx tandem tractor trailer jack-knifed on Interstate 84 West between Exits 13 and 11 at 5:18 pm Friday, September 8. According to Connecticut State Police, Alexander Nadraws, 32, of Pen Argyl, Penn., was traveling in the center lane of three when his vehicle hydroplaned. Nadraws lost control of the vehicle, which veered left into the median and struck a metal beam guardrail before jack-knifing. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed. Nadraws was issued an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane. The crash was the second in less than a month for a FedEx tandem trailer. On August 18, a 51-year-old male driver from North Grafton, Mass., lost control of his FedEx truck, also while traveling on I-84 West in Sandy Hook. In that incident, the cab and front trailer disconnected from the second trailer and went over a bridge railing. The cab and trailer crashed onto Center Street. As with the September 8 incident, the driver walked away without injury. —Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue photo
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