Police Reports | July 17-August 6, 2018

Published: August 10, 2018 at 12:00 am


Eight Violations

Newtown police said they received a call from state police about 8:57 am on August 6 informing them that a motorist in a gray 2002 GMC Yukon SUV traveling on Interstate 84 had been driving erratically.

The GMC driver got off the highway at Exit 10 and Newtown police then located him on Walnut Tree Hill Road, near Church Hill Road.

Newtown police said that after investigating, they charged motorist Arben Dauti, 30, of New Fairfield, with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, illegal possession of weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dauti is scheduled to appear in court on August 22, according to police.


Motorcycle Accident

After learning that police held a warrant for his arrest, Ethan Morrow, 27, of Ansonia, went to the police station on morning of August 5 and was charged with riding a motorcycle without a motorcyclist endorsement on his driver's license and with failure to have automotive insurance.

Police said the charges stem from their investigation into a two-vehicle accident on June 17 near 91 Church Hill Road, in which Morrow was riding a motorcycle. Police released Morrow on a written promise to appear in court on August 22.


Alpine Drive

Police report that at about 10:44 pm on August 5 on Alpine Drive in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, motorist Cody Computaro, 18, of Newtown, who was driving a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck, was backing up when the truck's rear end struck the rear end of a parked, unoccupied 2009 Nissan Altima auto.

There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Computaro for unsafe backing.


Breach Of Peace

Police said they received a call about 11:47 am on August 4 informing them of a physical altercation that had occurred at a Housatonic Drive residence, so they responded to investigate. After investigating, police charged Adrian Lech, 23, of White Plains, N.Y., with second-degree breach of peace. After processing, police released Lech on a written promise to appear in court on August 15.


SUV Into Guardrail

About 12:49 pm on August 4, motorist Yakubu Beteman, 37, of The Bronx, New York City, who was driving a 2004 Nissan Murano SUV on eastbound Interstate 84, east of Exit 9, moved to the left to avoid a vehicle that had entered his travel lane, but drove off the left road shoulder and struck the median guardrail, state police said.
Neither Beyeman nor his four passengers were injured.

State police verbally warned Beyeman for failure to maintain the established lane.


Evading Responsibility

Police said they received a report about 2:14 pm on August 3 that a person driving a 2017 Nissan NV van near 76 Glen Road had smashed into a curbside residential mailbox and then kept driving, so they responded to the area to investigate.

Police located the vehicle in question parked in a nearby commercial parking lot. After investigating, police charged driver Michael Ortiz, 37, of Norwalk, with evading responsibility, failure to drive in the proper lane, and driving under suspension. Ortiz is scheduled to appear in court on August 16 to answer the charges.


Cable Barrier

State police report that motorist Taylur Hayes, 20, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., who was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima eastward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 11, at about 7:06 pm on August 3, veered to the left to avoid striking a vehicle, but in doing so, the Nissan struck a cable guard barrier.

There were no injuries. Hayes received an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane.


Chevy Vs Pole

Motorist James Hardisty, 20, of Bethlehem, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Spark mini-car hatchback southward on Toddy Hill Road, near its intersection with Surrey Trail, about 5:38 am on August 2, when the vehicle drove off the left road shoulder and struck a utility pole head-on, breaking the pole in half.

Police said Hardisty told them that he fell asleep at the wheel before the collision. Hardisty was transported to Danbury Hospital for a medical evaluation. The impact damage required that the utility pole be replaced. Police issued Hardisty an infraction for failure to drive to the right.


Disturbance Reported

Police said they responded to a Baldwin Road residence about 2 pm on August 2 after receiving a report of a disturbance there. In the course of investigating that incident, Amy Andras, 35, of Newtown allegedly slapped a police officer in the face. The officer was not injured, according to police.

Police report they charged Andras with assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and violation of a protective order. In court on August 3, Andras pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Andras is free on a written promise to appear in court on August 21.


Currituck Crash

About 5:35 pm on August 2, motorist Zachery Krajewski, 24, of Newtown, who was driving a 2002 Audi A-4 auto on Currituck Road, near Main Street, struck a 2015 Jeep Wrangler SUV driven by another motorist, after which Krajewski drove away from the scene of the accident, police report. There were no injuries.

Newtown police received a description of the offending vehicle and alerted nearby police departments to be on the lookout for it. Southbury police found Krajewski in that town, after which Krajewski was transported to Newtown for arrest processing.

Newtown police arrested Krajewski on charges of evading responsibility, making a restricted turn, and traveling too fast for conditions. Police said they released Krajewski from custody on $100 bail for an arraignment on the charges before a judge on August 16 in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.


Truck Hits Rails

At about 4:44 pm on August 1, Jonatas DaSilva, 25, of Danbury, was driving a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck westward on Interstate 84, east of Exit 10, when he veered off the left road shoulder and struck some guardrailing, according to state police.

There were no injuries. State police said that DaSilva failed to drive in the proper lane and also was driving without a license.


Toyota Vs Volvo

About 6:33 pm on July 30 at the intersection of South Main Street and Mile Hill Road, motorist Lois Brockmann, 57, of Newtown, who was driving a 2016 Volvo XC-70 T-5 Premier SUV, had been traveling southward on South Main Street and then stopped and was waiting to make a left turn onto eastbound Mile Hill Road, police said.

Motorist Carolyn Tassitano, 43, of Monroe, who was driving a 2017 Toyota Camry sedan, stopped behind the Volvo. The traffic signal there then turned green and the Volvo started moving, after which the Volvo was struck from behind by the Toyota.

There were no injuries. Police report they verbally warned Tassitano for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.


Flagpole Intersection

Police report a two-vehicle accident at the Main Street flagpole intersection about 8:47 pm on July 29.
In that incident, a 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUV driven by Mecakeel Snagg, 31, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., struck a 2013 Nissan Altima sedan driven by Aleksey Budd, 17, of Newtown, police said.

There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Snagg for unsafe movement from a stopped position.


Dodgingtown Collision

Motorist Susan Richter, 67, of Sarasota, Fla., who was driving an unspecified vehicle eastward on Dodgingtown Road about 3:18 pm on July 17, stopped and then attempted to turn left to enter Taunton Hill Road, as motorist Pedro Deabreu, 61, of Bethel, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westward on Dodgingtown Road, police said.

The two vehicles collided. Richter received suspected minor injuries.

Police ask that any witnesses to the accident contact investigating Officer Matthew Hayes at the police station at 203-426-5841.

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