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Police Reports | November 26-December 4, 2023



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Struck Deer

Newtown Police report Quintonio Cheeks, 41, of Bethel, operating a 2023 Honda CR-V, was traveling southbound on South Main Street at 6:27 pm November 26. A deer entered the roadway and Cheeks’ vehicle struck it, causing damage to the vehicle.

No injuries were reported by the driver or passengers. The vehicle was not towed.

Hit Parked Car

Newtown Police report that Sandra Sellner, 70, of Brookfield, operating a 2024 Toyota Camry, was parked in a marked parking spot in the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at 7:32 pm November 26. A red sedan parked adjacent attempted to back out of the space and hit the right portion of the rear bumper of Sellner’s vehicle. As Sellner exited her vehicle, the other vehicle fled the scene. Sellner said the vehicle was operated by a woman. According to police, the sedan would have damage to the left rear side of the vehicle.

Newtown Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident contact Officer Ongaro of the Newtown Police Department at 203-426-5841.

Crossed Center Line

Newtown Police report Augustine O’Brien-Constantino, 29, of Newtown, operating a 2006 Lexus GX470, was traveling south on Hanover Road at 12:43 pm November 27. Julie Bria, 43, of Bridgeport, operating a 2018 Nissan Rogue, was traveling north on Hanover Road. While both vehicles were negotiating a curve in the road, O’Brien-Constantino’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Bria’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Bria’s vehicle was towed.

O’Brien-Constantino was issued an infraction for failure to drive right.

Collided With Mailbox, Conduit

Newtown Police report Felice Stein, 69, of Newtown, operating a 2015 Honda Accord, was traveling westbound on Bradley Lane at 3:29 pm November 27. Stein’s vehicle went off the roadway before striking a mailbox and an above ground conduit owned by Frontier Communications.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was not towed.

No enforcement action was taken.

Merged Into Vehicle

Newtown Police report Adam Garms, 28, of Woodbury, operating a 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie, was traveling in the left eastbound travel lane of Church Hill Road at 4:27 pm November 27. Louise Howell, 69, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2017 Honda Accord, was traveling in the right eastbound travel lane, next to Garms’ vehicle. Garms attempted to enter the right travel lane and struck Howell’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Garms was issued a verbal warning for changing lanes when unsafe.

Struck Car While Leaving Driveway

Newtown Police report Martins Neves, 43, of Newtown, operating a 2016 Ford Escape, was pulling out from the parking lot of Tambascio’s at 10:10 am November 28. William Ruppell, 58, of Newtown, operating a 2017 Ram Truck 1500, was stopped at the stop sign at the entrance and went to continue straight on Dodgingtown Road when Neves’ vehicle struck his vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neves’ vehicle was towed.

Neves was given a written warning for failure to yield right of way at a driveway.

Tesla Hits Toyota

Newtown Police report Helen Yee, 65, of Newtown, operating a 2022 Tesla Model 3, was traveling on Currituck Road at 3:50 pm November 28. Deborah Donofree, 71, of Monroe, operating a 2023 Toyota Rav4, was traveling on Main Street. Yee attempted to make a left turn from Currituck onto Main Street and struck Donofree’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Donofree’s vehicle was towed.

Yee was issued an infraction for failure to grant right of way while making a left turn.

Assault Charge

On November 30, a Newtown Police officer executed an arrest warrant for Geoffrey Schreiner, 37, of Newtown, after his vehicle was located traveling on Lakeview Terrace. Schreiner was arrested and transported to Newtown Police headquarters. Schreiner was charged with second-degree breach of peace, and third-degree assault.

Schreiner was released on a $2,500 bond with a court date of December 1 in Danbury Superior Court.

Three-Car Collision

Newtown Police report Brian Quinn, 24, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2009 Toyota Rav4, was traveling northbound on Toddy Hill Road at 2:33 pm November 30. He was traveling behind a 2017 Jeep Wrangler operated by Jayden Cordova, 17, of Sandy Hook, which in turn was behind a 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC operated by Orville Taylor, 34, of Milford. Taylor stopped in traffic, and Cordova stopped behind him. Quinn did not stop in time and rear-ended Cordova’s vehicle. Cordova’s vehicle was pushed forward and made contact with the rear bumper of Taylor’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Quinn’s vehicle was towed.

Quinn was issued an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

Rear-Ended on Main Street

Newtown Police report Roland West, 70, of Stratford, operating a 2020 Subaru Outback, was traveling southbound on Main Street at 5:06 pm December 1. He was traveling behind a 2017 Honda Odyssey operated by Michelle DiFalco, 37, of Bethel. West rear-ended DiFalco’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

West was issued a verbal warning for following too closely.

DiFalco was issued a verbal warning for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Fell Asleep At Wheel

Newtown Police report Allison White, 46, of Stratford, operating a 2022 Honda Cr-V, was traveling westbound on Berkshire Road at 7:26 pm December 3. White fell asleep behind the wheel, running off the road onto the right shoulder and striking several large rocks.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed off the rocks as it was hung up on them and partially suspended in the air.

No enforcement action was taken.

Rolled Vehicle

Newtown Police report Pablo Gomez-Valencia, 27, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, operating a 2018 Ford TCN, was traveling on Berkshire Road at 11:39 am December 4. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and impacted an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed.

Gomez-Valencia was issued a written warning for making a restricted turn.

DUI Arrest

Newtown Police arrested Gerald Mrozek, 54, of Southbury, at 12:03 am December 4 on the charge of illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of December 19 in Danbury Superior Court.

Newtown Police, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps all responded to Wasserman Way at the Exit 11 off-ramp around 10:15 am Tuesday, November 28, following a bucket truck crash there. According to the NPD report, Robert K. Lombard, 21, of Seymour, was operating a 2017 Freightliner bucket truck northbound on the I-84 Exit 11 off-ramp near its intersection with Wasserman Way. Lombard was reportedly traveling “unreasonably fast,” according to the report, while making a left turn from the ramp onto Wasserman. He lost control of the truck, which rolled onto its driver’s side and landed perpendicular to the roadway. Lombard and a 35-year-old male passenger were both checked for injuries, but neither required transport to the hospital. It took nearly two hours for the truck to be uprighted and then towed away, which caused minor traffic issues during that time. Lombard was issued an infraction for traveling unreasonably fast and failure to drive right. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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