Police Reports | June 30-July 8, 2019
At about 11:57 am on July 8, William Spigener, 39, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck westward on Church Hill Road, attempted to make a left turn into the driveway at 14 Church Hill Road, when the Ford was struck from behind by Brandon Spelke, 25, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., who was driving a 2017 International 999 truck, police report.
There were no injuries. Spelke was verbally warned for following too closely.
State police said that motorist Lionel Brooks-Andino, 19, of Waterbury, was driving a 2008 Honda Civic on Interstate 84, near Exit 10, about 2:08 am on July 7, when he lost control of the auto due to distracted driving, veered onto the median, went back across the road, and then struck the right shoulder’s guardrail.
There were no injuries. Brooks-Andino received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane, driving while using a mobile electronic device, and failure to carry a license.
BMW Into Pole
Police said that motorist William Maher, 76, of Newtown, was driving a 2013 BMW X-5 SUV eastward near 22 Plumtrees Road, about 4:25 am on July 7, when a deer ran out onto the street.
Maher swerved to avoid the animal, but he drove off the left shoulder and struck a curbside residential mailbox, after which the BMW struck a utility pole. There were no injuries. Police issued Maher an infraction for a travel lane violation.
Honda Vs Buick
State police report that motorist Judith Wakoluk, 69, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2003 Honda Accord eastward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 9, about 12:59 pm on July 7, struck the rear end of a 2016 Buick Encore SUV driven by Alexander Giobbi, 25, of Ridgefield, after the Buick had slowed for traffic.
There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Wakoluk for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
Asleep At Wheel
Motorist Andrew Kuzemczak, 19, of Morris Plains, N.J., who was driving a 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-350 sedan eastward on Interstate 84, near Exit 10, about 2:51 pm on July 7, fell asleep at the wheel, struck a curb, and then drove off the left road shoulder, state police said.
There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.
Police report that while on patrol on South Main Street, near Elm Drive, at about 10:38 pm on July 7, they saw a driver swerve off the roadway, so they stopped motorist Ellen Arcamone, 50, of Ridgefield, to investigate.
Police charged Arcamone with driving under the influence and with failure to drive in the proper lane. Following processing, police released her on $100 bail for a July 23 court appearance.
At about 9:35 am on July 6, police said they received a call about erratic driving, after which they looked for the vehicle in question and then stopped it on 40 Church Hill Road to investigate.
Police charged motorist Barbara Balas, 53, of New Milford, with driving under the influence, traveling unreasonably fast, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following arrest processing, police released her for July 23 court appearance.
SUV Vs SUV
Motorist Jon Jagush, 64, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2017 Jeep Wrangler SUV westward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 9, stopped for traffic conditions at 4:15 pm on July 6, and was then struck from behind by a 2007 Honda Fit SUV driven by Aaron Swoboda, 40, of Northfield, Minn., state police said.
There were no injuries, Swoboda was verbally warned for following too closely.
At about 8:08 am on July 5, police received a complaint about some property damage from a caller at 6 Queen Street. After investigating, police charged Bryan Gomez, 19, of Newtown, with third-degree criminal mischief. Following processing, Gomez was released for a July 18 court appearance.
Police report some vandalism on Serene Way, a residential dead end street that extends from Eden Hill Road.
Police received a call about 10:10 pm on July 4, reporting that vandalism had occurred in a front yard there. An investigation showed that a boy under age 18 who was attending a house party in that neighborhood went onto the property and intentionally broke a lantern-style lighting fixture positioned atop a masonry post at a driveway entrance to the property.
Police issued the boy a juvenile summons for third-degree criminal mischief, requiring an appearance in Juvenile Court. That charges involves less than $250 worth of property damage. Because of his age, police did not identify the boy. The boy’s parents were contacted and informed of the incident.
Police report that at about 10:30 am on July 3, they stopped motorist Leonel Reyes-Morales, 30, of Waterbury, near 117 Wasserman Way for an automotive equipment violation. Police said they issued Reyes-Morales a misdemeanor summons for driving with a suspended registration and for a marker plate violation.
Police said that a passenger in the vehicle, Abner Cardona, 34, of Danbury, had a pending arrest warrant, after which they charged Cardona with second-degree failure to appear in court. Cardona was released on $750 bail for a July 17 court appearance.
South Main Crash
Police report that a two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of South Main Street and Country Club Road about 5:29 pm on July 3.
Motorist Nicholas Ruffler, 16, of New Milford, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic southward on South Main Street, as motorist Elizabeth Wojcik, 21, of Newtown, who was driving a 2006 Honda Pilot SUV northward on South Main Street, attempted to turn left to enter westbound Country Club Road, police said.
The two vehicles collided. Wojcik and a Pilot passenger complained of pain and were checked at the scene by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Wojcik received a verbal warning for making an improper turn.
Jeep Hits Bridge
About 6:13 pm on July 3, motorist Kellee Mitchell, 39, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV northward on Hattertown Road, about 320 feet north of its intersection with Maltbie Road, became distracted by a child passenger inside the vehicle, after which she looked away from the road, drifted off the right road shoulder, and then struck a concrete bridge wall, causing the Jeep to roll over onto its onto its driver’s side, police said.
The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Mitchell and two small child passengers to Danbury Hospital for medical evaluations. Police verbally warned Mitchell for failure to maintain the proper lane.
Toddy Hill DUI
Police report that motorist Andrew Rahar Daley, 30, of Bridgeport, was driving a 2005 Honda Civic auto southward near 127 Toddy Hill Road at about 9:57 pm on July 3, when the vehicle drove off the right shoulder, traveled across some turf, struck a stone wall, and then rolled onto its left side, after which it hit a utility pole.
Police said a passerby helped Daley get out of the auto. There were no injuries. Police report that after investigating, they charged Daley with driving under the influence and with failure to drive in the established lane. Daley posted $500 bail and was released for a July 19 court arraignment.
BMW Vs Infiniti
Police report that at about 5:08 pm on July 2, there was a two-vehicle collision near 259 South Main Street involving a 2007 BMW 530-XI sedan driven by Rachel Olivera, 40, of Monroe, and a 2007 Infiniti FX-35 SUV driven by Jessenia Almonte, 37, of Danbury. There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Olivera for failure to grant the right of way at a driveway.
At about 5:22 pm on July 2, motorist Neasa Waaler, 46, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV, stopped in traffic on eastbound Berkshire Road, about 1,500 feet west of its intersection with Toddy Hill Road, police said.
An eastbound 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV driven by Annalise Williams, 17, of Monroe, then struck the rear end of the Honda. There were no injuries. Williams received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
Police said that at about 9:09 am on July 1, in a construction zone on Mt Pleasant Road, near its intersection with Diamond Drive, a flagman for a construction company signaled motorist Karen Lewis, 63, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2013 Ford C-Max auto, to stop the Ford, which she did, after which the Ford was struck from behind by a 2009 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Keerthivasan Ragupathy, 46, of Trumbull.
There were no injuries. Ragupathy was verbally warned for following too closely.
BMW Vs Dodge
At 10:41 am on June 30, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Taunton Lane.
A 2018 BMW 535-XI sedan being driven northward on Taunton Lane by Alan Popowski, 35, of Newtown stopped at a stop sign on Taunton Lane as motorist Thomas Sparaco, 53, of Brentwood, Calif., was driving a 2013 Dodge Caravan minivan eastward on Mt Pleasant Road, police report.
The BMW then attempted to enter Mt Pleasant Road, and the two vehicles collided. There were no injuries. Police issued Popowski a written warning for failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign.
Police report a two-vehicle accident on southbound South Main Street, north of its intersection with Wells Road, about 6:58 pm on June 30.
Motorist John Diehl, 55, of Danbury, who was driving a 2018 Ford Edge SUV, slowed and was then struck from behind by motorist John Cooper, 47, of Milford, who was driving a 2018 Buick Encore SUV.
There were no injuries. Cooper received a verbal warning for following too closely.
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