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Following Too Close

Newtown Police report Sherine Jamshidian, 31, of Bridgeport, was operating a 2008 Ford Escape X northbound on South Main Street on September 13, when the front bumper of his vehicle collided with the rear bumper of a 2019 Nissan Rogue operated by Souza Mergal, 18, of Danbury, as Mergal slowed his vehicle in traffic.

No injuries were reported. Jamshidian was given a warning for following too close resulting in an accident.

Rear Ended Town Vehicle

Newtown Police report Mark Phaneuf, 58, of Derby, was operating a 2003 Dodge Dakota S northbound on South Main Street on September 14 behind a Chevrolet Equinox owned by the Town of Newtown and driven by Connor Serman, 23, of Middlebury. Serman was stopped in traffic just prior to Mile Hill Road. Phaneuf was unable to stop his vehicle before his front bumper struck the rear bumper of the vehicle driven by Serman. No damage was observed to either vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Phaneuf provided his and his vehicle’s information before leaving the scene prior to police arrival. He was contacted by police and issued a verbal warning for following too closely resulting in an accident.

Hit Parked Car

Newtown Police report Matthew Antignani, 17, of Newtown, operating a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue on September 15, was pulling forward into a parking space in the Senior parking lot at Newtown High School, when the front passenger side bumper of his vehicle struck the rear driver’s side bumper of an unoccupied 2004 BMW 325xi owned by Scott Newton.

No injuries were reported.

Struck guardrail

Newtown Police report Mitzi Soberano, 35, of Danbury, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet K1500 Su southbound on Mount Pleasant Road on September 16. As her vehicle approached Tory Lane at the intersection with Mount Pleasant Road, she veered right, striking the curb then the metal guardrail located off the shoulder of Mount Pleasant Road. After traveling into the guardrail, the vehicle rolled onto its passenger side, coming to rest against a tree. The vehicle sustained heavy damage to the right side as well as the roof.

Soberano and a passenger were both transported to Danbury Hospital after evaluation on the scene. Soberano was issued a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Struck Utility Pole

Newtown Police report Walter Brady, 17, of Sandy Hook, was operating a 2017 Ford Explorer southbound on The Boulevard on September 16, negotiating an S-curve in the roadway, when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole on the southbound shoulder of the roadway.

Brady’s vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling damage to the front passenger side. No injuries were reported.

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

Left Behind License Plate

According to Newtown Police, an officer was dispatched to a report of a possible motor vehicle accident on Hanover Road on September 17. Upon arrival, the investigating officer found several green plastic vehicle parts, including a bumper that had Connecticut licence plate attached to it. There was no vehicle or operator at the scene.

Further investigation showed that the number was assigned to a 2006 Nissan Titan, registered to Christian Steimle, 30, of Newtown. Police determined that Steimle was traveling north on Hanover Road, hitting a metal guardrail located off of the roadway to the right of the northbound lane. The guardrail sustained damage.

Steimle reportedly told police that an unidentified vehicle, a white Impala, was traveling south on Hanover Road and crossed into the northbound lane forcing Steimle to swerve to right to avoid a collision.

No injuries were reported.

Steimle was cited for evading responsibility and making a restricted turn.

Motorcycle Hit Lawn Tractor

Newtown Police report John Glaberson, 68, of Sandy Hook, operating a 1971 Cub Cadet 86 lawn tractor, entered onto Alberts Hill Road from his property on September 18. Glen Haluschak, 63, of Shelton, operating a 1995 Harley FXDWG was traveling eastbound on Alberts Hill Road when the front of his motorcycle made contact with the left side of the lawn tractor, causing Haluschak to lose control. The motorcycle came to rest on the ground, causing injury to Haluschak.

Haluschak was transported to Danbury Hospital for injuries. Glaberson was issued an infraction for failure to grant right of way from a driveway or private road.

Drove Into Ditch

Newtown Police report Evangelos Koutsitzis, 17, of Trumbull, was operating a 2004 Honda Accord southbound on South Main Street on September 19. He made a left onto the lot of 201 South Main Street and went into a ditch.

No injuries were reported. No enforcement action was noted.

Criminal Trespass

Newtown Police report Peter Lipusz, 45, of Newtown, was arrested September 20 on the charge of first-degree criminal trespass. He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of October 5.

Improper Cutting In

Newtown Police report William Elkins, 16, of Newtown was operating a 2009 Honda Accord Ex-I and traveling south on Wasserman Way in the right southbound travel lane on September 20, while Naha Nawaz, 17, of Newtown, operating a 2019 Nissan Rogue S, was traveling south on Wasserman Way in the left southbound travel lane. Elkins partially turned into the left southbound travel lane in front of Nawaz’s vehicle, causing the right front bumper of Nawaz’s vehicle to strike the left rear bumper of Elkins’ vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Elkins was issued a written warning for “improper cutting in.”

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