Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Carrying a Firearm While Under the Influence, Stolen Truck, Criminal Impersonation, Burglary, Larceny, Drinking While Driving, Disorderly Conduct and Violation of a Protective Order through 7-10-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On June 14 at approximately 10:41 p.m., Shane McGrath, 40, of Rachael Drive, East Hampton was stopped at a DUI spot-check and subsequently arrested and charged with the above violation. McGrath was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 7/2/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION, OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED MOTOR-VEHICLE, OPERATING UNDER SUSPENSION, MISUSE OF PLATES AND OPERATING WITHOUT INSURANCE - On June 20 at approximately 9:48 p.m., James Davis, 57, of Weiss Road, Haddam was pulled over by police for a routine traffic stop and arrested and charged with the above violations. Police said that there was also an active warrant out for his arrest through Middletown Police for 2nd-Degree Failure to Appear in Court. Davis was later released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 7/3/14.

BURGLARY AND LARCENY OF COPPER PIPING - On June 23 at 10:07 a.m., East Haddam Police report that copper piping was removed from a vacant dwelling located on Sipple's Hill in Moodus. Anyone who may have any information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-message on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On June 23 at approximately 7:31 p.m, State Police responded to a disturbance between several family members that was reported on Falls Road in Moodus. Joshua Pollard, 25, of Falls Road, Moodus was subsequently arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Pollard was later released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 6/24/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

VIOLATION OF CONDITIONS OF RELEASE - On June 23 at approximately 9:29 p.m., State Police returned to the scene of a domestic disturbance that had occurred earlier in the evening on Falls Road in Moodus. Joshua Pollard, 25, of Falls Road, Moodus had returned to the home, was taken into custody and charged with 2nd-Degree Violation of Conditions of Release. He was held on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/24/14.

LARCENY OF COPPER PIPING - Sometime between Wednesday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 24, copper piping was stolen from a Powerhouse Road, East Haddam residence. Police said that the house is listed for sale, and various contractors have been in and out of the dwelling. The case is under investigation, and anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Trooper Stacy Clark at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-465-5400, Ext.# 4000.

POSTAL VEHICLE VS. TRUCK - On June 25 at approximately 11:35 a.m., Stephen Moore, 62, of Bartkiewicz Road, Chester was traveling northbound on Landing Hill Road in East Haddam, operating a 2003 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck, owned by the Goodspeed Opera House. Police said that Barbara Wade, 59, of Gristmill Road, Moodus was driving a 1988 Chevy LLV postal vehicle, and had been traveling westbound on Porges Road when she struck the pick-up truck. Wade was issued a written warning for Failure to Grant the Right-of-Way at an Intersection. No injuries were reported.

FAILURE TO GRANT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AT AN INTERSECTION - On June 29 at approximately 4:43 p.m., a 16-year-old driver of Ridge Road, East Haddam was traveling southbound on Orchard Road in East Haddam, operating a 2008 Ford Taurus. Lorelei Richey, 31, of Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill was traveling eastbound on Creek Row in a 2002 Chevy Blazer, and was in process of performing a turning manuever. Police said that Richey failed to grant the right of way to the other driver, causing the juvenile driver to strike the rear left quarter-panel of Richey's vehicle. No injuries were reported, but police issued Richey an infraction for the above charge.

MOTOR-VEHICLE INVOLVED IN PRIOR ACCIDENT STRUCK BY PASSING MOTORIST - On June 29 at approximately 5:21 p.m., a 2008 Ford Taurus that had not yet been removed from the scene of an earlier accident was struck a second time by a passing vehicle. Aaron Moroch, 30, of Meadow Drive, Colchester was traveling southbound on Orchard Road in East Haddam, just north of Creek Row, operating a 2001 Ford SE. Police said that Moroch struck the rear end of the vehicle that was unoccupied and parked on the side of the road. No injuries were reported.

CARRYING A LOADED FIREARM WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LIQUOR OR DRUG - On July 2 at approximately 9:38 p.m., Colchester Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop on Lake Hayward Road in Colchester, near the East Haddam town line. Police said that Scott Olearnick, 23, of Shanaghan Road, East Haddam had consumed alcohol prior to operating his vehicle. Although Olearnick had initially passed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and an open container of beer within the driver's compartment. Olearnick was placed under arrest and transported to the barracks at Troop K in Colchester without incident. Police charged Olearnick with Carrying a Loaded Firearm while Under the Influence of a Liquor or Drug, Drinking While Driving, Failure to Have Tail Lamps Illuminated and Operating a Motor-Vehicle without Fenders or without Wheel Protectors. The handgun was seized and Olearnick's Connecticut Pistol Permit was revoked and sent back to the Special Licensing & Firearms Unit. Olearnick was released on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 7/17/14.

STOLEN MOTOR-VEHICLE - On July 3 at approximately 6:16 p.m., State Police responded to a Falls Road, Moodus address for the report of a stolen 2007 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, silver in color, bearing CT registration plate 63CW68. The truck was described as having (3) magnetic signs that read "www.easternrentaltent.com" with telephone numbers listed on them. The vehicle was reportedly taken from the premises sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Anyone with possible information on this incident is asked to contact Trooper Philip Soucy at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-465-5455, Ext.# 4015.

CRIMINAL TRESPASS - On July 7 at approximately 12:14 p.m., East Haddam Police were called to a Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam address, near the intersection of Ballahack Road #1. The homeowner reported that unknown person(s) entered her shed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon. The incident is under investigation, and anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-message on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER - On July 7 at approximately 10:24 p.m., Eugene Harding, 40, of Leesville Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with the above violation. Harding was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 7/8/14.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION - On July 10 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Elvin Ortiz, 24, of Henry Street, Hartford was arrested and charged with the above violation. Ortiz was held on a $20,000 bond and presented at Middletown Superior Court on the same day.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Photo: Police Lights by Sara Eaton Martin

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CSP Warning: Fireworks in Connecticut are Illegal for Personal or Home Use


As the JULY 4th 2014 holiday approaches, the Connecticut State Police and the State Fire Marshal want to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in the State of Connecticut.
The public has been overwhelmed with advertisements, signs, and sales pitches of so-called fireworks. It is important to understand that the only legal “fireworks” items in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.
July 4th always raises questions about what is legal as far as fireworks and sparklers are concerned.  Many questions are received by State Troopers, Fire Marshals, Resident Troopers, and local Police statewide regarding fireworks.  The questions reveal that many people are confused as to which “fireworks” can be used by citizens in our state.
To avoid confusion and caution our citizens, Connecticut Law 29-357 is very specific:
Only sparklers and fountains of not more than one hundred grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item, which are non-explosive and non-aerial, are legal in Connecticut.  
Sparklers and fountains can only be legally used by persons age 16 or older.
Novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. In addition to being illegal, exploding devices are dangerous and have caused serious injury in the past.
A number of house fires and grass fires have been attributed to fireworks.  These types of incidents have the potential for property damage and they endanger human life. If a fire or explosion is made intentionally and causes damage or destruction, it could be designated as an arson, a class C felony.
The safest way to enjoy this year’s Independence Day celebration is to attend a public display conducted at a state approved site by Connecticut licensed pyrotechnicians.

~Lt. J. Paul Vance

...If you witness anyone in your neighborhood using illegal fireworks, contact the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 860-465-5400.


Friday, June 27, 2014

"Operation Dry Water" BUI Awareness & Enforcement Campaign

East Haddam Police:  Boat Patrol on the Moodus Reservoir

Law enforcement officers across the United States are gearing up for "Operation Dry Water" – the nation’s boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign. The nationwide event will take place June 27-29, 2014. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States.

During the three-day Operation Dry Water weekend, law enforcement officers at local, state and federal levels will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws. In 2013, officers contacted 144,044 recreational boaters and made 290 BUI arrests during the three-day weekend.

Thousands of law enforcement officers, along with their boating safety partners, will be on the water during Operation Dry Water educating boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol as well as removing from the water those who choose to boat impaired.

"The mission of Operation Dry Water and the law enforcement officers who participate is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related deaths on the water,” says John Fetterman, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Deputy Executive Director. “Boating should be a fun and enjoyable time spent with friends and family; we are asking that boaters make sure their voyage remains enjoyable by boating sober. Too many accidents and deaths are caused by those who choose to boat under the influence.”

In 2009, NASBLA, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, launched Operation Dry Water to help draw public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to the 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics, from 2009 to 2013 there has been a 37 percent decrease in the number of recreational boater deaths where alcohol use was listed as the known primary contributing factor. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 31 percent decrease in the number of alcohol- related recreational boater deaths – the most significant decrease in the past five years.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit OperationDryWater.org



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fatal Motorcycle Crash, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, DUI's and Motor-Vehicle Rollover through 6-17-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

FAILURE TO GRANT THE RIGHT OF WAY AND FAILURE TO RENEW REGISTRATION - On June 5 at approximately 5:02 p.m., Nicholas Fischlein, 28, of William F. Palmer Road, Moodus was traveling eastbound on Route 149 in the area of Town Street in Moodus, driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra. Melvin Woody, 80, of Beaver Brook Road, Lyme was traveling northbound on Town Street, operating a 2008 Subaru Forester. Police said that Woody failed to grant the right-of-way at the intersection, while attempting to make a left turn in front of Fischlein's vehicle, resulting in a collision. No injuries were reported, but both vehicles sustained moderate damage. Police issued Woody an infraction for Failure to Grant the Right-of-Way at an Intersection, and Fischlein was charged with Failure to Renew a Motor-Vehicle Registration.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On June 5 at approximately 8: 40 p.m., Eugene Harding, 40, of Leesville Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with the above violation. Police said that Harding had been involved in a domestic incident with his spouse. He was processed and released on a $500 bond without incident, and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/6/14.

TRUCK VS. UTILITY POLE & WIRES - On June 6 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Mike Hunt, 63, of Camelot Road, Bloomfield was traveling southbound on Main Street in East Haddam, operating a 1999 Sterling dump truck. Police said that as Hunt turned his truck to the left in an attempt to avoid colliding with stopped vehicles in the roadway, he struck a utility pole causing wires to fall onto the roadway and onto a 2004 Kenworth construction truck being operated by Brian White, 46, of Cow Hill Road, Clinton. Police determined that Hunt was driving too fast, based on the weight of his vehicle and issued a written warning for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions and Making an Improper Turn.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On June 7 at approximately 2:26 p.m., Kevin Visintainer, 48, of West Drive, East Hampton was arrested and charged with DUI, Operating Without Insurance and Improper Parking as a result of a traffic-stop investigation by police. Visintainer was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 6/17/14 at Rockville Superior Court.

MOTOR-VEHICLE ROLLOVER - On June 9 at approximately 6:55 p.m., Tucker Kerner, 22, of Tater Hill Road, East Haddam was traveling southbound on Route 82 in East Haddam near the intersection of Mount Parnassus Road, driving a 2000 Honda Civic. Police said that Kerner veered off the right side of the roadway and rolled into a ditch, and the vehicle came to a final rest on its driver's side. Kerner and a two-year-old child that was a passenger in the vehicle were transported to the Marlborough Emergency Clinic for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Police issued Kerner a written warning for Making an Improper Right Turn.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE BRANCH - On June 14 at approximately 6:13 a.m., Courtney MacNeill, 22, of Adema Way, Old Saybrook was traveling southbound on Hedlund Road in East Haddam, just north of Route 82 in a 2012 Nissan Sentra. Police said that MacNeill ran over a tree branch, causing damage to the vehicle's front end. No injuries were reported.

BURGLARY AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On June 15 at approximately 12:22 a.m., State Police were dispatched to investigate a disturbance at a Clark Hill Road, East Haddam address. After a subsequent investigation, a 17-year-old juvenile was taken into custody and charged with 3rd-Degree Burglary and 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief. The juvenile was later released on a Written Promise To Appear and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/18/14.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On June 15 at approximately 10:55 a.m., Marilyn Fraser, 71, of Cove Road, Moodus was traveling northbound on Route 149, just north of Creek Row in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Police said that Fraser's vehicle drifted off the roadway and struck a tree. Fraser was transported to the Marlborough Emergency Clinic to be evaluated for head and chest pain. Fraser received a written warning for Failure to Keep Right on a Curve or Hill.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH - State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on June 17 at approximately 4:58 p.m. Derreck Green, 33, of Northwest Oakmont Way, Bremerton, Washington had been operating a 2008 Honda CBR-600 on Hopyard Road in East Haddam and died as a result of the injuries he sustained. Police are asking anyone with any information to contact East Haddam Resident Trooper Thomas Kelo at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On June 17 at approximately 10:28 p.m., State Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop on Route 149 in East Haddam. Michael Sadlier, 36, of Clark Gates Road, Moodus was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI, Operating with a Suspended License and Failure to Drive Upon the Right. Sadlier was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/30/14.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Assault, Breach of Peace, Risk of Injury to a Minor, Burglary, Larceny and Criminal Violation of a Protective Order through 6-2-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On May 22 at approximately 6:54 p.m., Walter Kobs, 59, of Town Street, East Haddam was arrested and charged with DUI. Kobs was later released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/4/14.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT - On May 23 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Victoria Case, 26, of Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and 3rd-Degree Assault. Case was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 5/27/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

BURGLARY AND LARCENY - On May 23, East Haddam Police received a complaint of stolen copper, a propane tank and numerous tools from the Banner Estates on Banner Road in Moodus. Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

ASSAULT, BREACH OF PEACE AND RISK OF INJURY TO A MINOR - On May 26 at approximately 9:11 p.m., State Police were dispatched to investigate a disturbance between two males during a custody exchange, at the Liberty Bank parking lot on William F. Palmer Road in Moodus. Joseph Long, 27, of Saybrook Road, Haddam and Nicholas Fischlein, 28, of William F. Palmer Road, Moodus were both arrested and charged with the above violations. They were later released on $6,000 bonds each, and both scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court in Middletown on 5/27/14. Police said that the one-year-old and four-year-old children involved were not injured.

LARCENY - On May 27, East Haddam Police received a complaint from an employee at Banner Lodge, reporting the theft of 12 flags from the Banner Lodge Golf Course on Banner Road in Moodus. The case is under investigation, and anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013. 

CRIMINAL VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER - On May 27 at approximately 7:42 p.m., Nicholas Fischlein, 28, of William F. Palmer Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with the above violation. Fischlein was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on 5/28/14.

LARCENY AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT LARCENY - On May 30 at approximately 8:20 a.m., Denise Karle, 48, of Mill Street, Colchester turned herself in to Troop K for servicing of an outstanding warrant for 6th-Degree Larceny and Conspiracy to Commit 6th-Degree Larceny. Karle was released on a Written Promise to Appear and given a court date of 6/24/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT - On May 31 at approximately 11:46 a.m., Robin Sorey, 35, of Stony Brook Drive, East Haddam pulled over onto the right shoulder of Boardman Road in East Haddam, in a 2007 Subaru Legacy, with three passengers in the vehicle. Azad Ali, 38, of Webster Street, Hartford turned onto Boardman Road from Evergreen Lane, driving a 2009 Ford E-150 cargo van. Police said that Ali subsequently side-swiped the left rear quarter-panel of Sorey's vehicle. Police issued Ali a verbal warning for failure to maintain a safe traveling distance. No injuries were reported.

LARCENY FROM A MOTOR-VEHICLE - On June 2, East Haddam Police received a complaint of tools missing from a vehicle, from a resident of Lookout Drive in Moodus. Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Motor-Vehicle Vs. Road Sign, Unsafe Backing, DUI, Speeding, Violation of Probation and Possession of Marijuana through 5-20-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

UNSAFE BACKING - On May 9 at approximately 7:56 a.m., Jill Atkinson, 39, of O'Connell Road, Colchester backed the 2011 Subaru Tribeca she was operating into a ditch on the side of the roadway, on Olmstead Road in East Haddam. Neither Atkinson nor the two minor children that were in the vehicle at the time were injured, but police issued a written warning for unsafe backing.

MAKING AN IMPROPER TURN - On May 9 at approximately 9:49 p.m., East Haddam Police responded to a reported one-car accident on Wickham Road in East Haddam. Upon arrival, police discovered that Jason Carroll, 34, of Boston Post Road, Waterford had failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and had driven his 2005 Toyota 4-Runner into a ditch. No injuries were reported, but police issued Carroll a written warning for making an improper turn.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, FAILURE TO CARRY A LICENSE, SPEEDING AND POSSESSION OF LESS THAN 1/2 OUNCE OF MARIJUANA - On May 10 at approximately 10:58 p.m., East Haddam Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop for a Jeep Cherokee that had been speeding on Leesville Road in Moodus. Erin Crean, 18, of Lake Drive, East Hampton was arrested and charged with the above violations. Crean was later released on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 5/21/14.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION - On May 13 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Jonathan Morin, 32, of Elsmere Drive, Amston turned himself in for servicing of an active warrant for Violation Of Probation. Morin was later released on a $25,000 bond and given a court date of 5/27/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. ROAD SIGN - On May 20 at approximately 3:18 p.m., a 17-year-old driver of Shanaghan Road, East Haddam was traveling along Mount Parnassus Road in East Haddam, operating a 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle. The driver reportedly attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway, striking a road sign. Police determined that the driver had been operating at a safe rate of speed at the time of the accident, and no infraction was issued. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day 2014: A Message From The Connecticut State Police


As the unofficial start of summer is celebrated during Memorial Day Weekend, all motorists should consider the safety of others while using Connecticut roadways this weekend and throughout the entire summer. 

Using courteous driving skills, planning for traffic delays and safe travel to and from your destinations are all part of a safe Memorial Day Weekend. 

The Connecticut State Police are reminding all motorists to please be observant and obey all rules of safety on our roads: 

BUCKLE UP, OBEY SPEED LIMITS, DON’T FOLLOW TOO CLOSELY, AVOID ALL DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING, STAY OFF THE CELLPHONE, and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

 “Your Connecticut State Troopers are asking motorists to join the State Police Team by exercising driving courtesy on the roads and setting an example for other drivers,” said Dr. Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. 

“Every motorist is urged to not to exceed the speed limit and please, buckle up. Please don’t use a hand-held cell phone while driving and if you see a suspected drunk driver, stay a safe distance away and call 911, as this is a true emergency. Together, the State Police and the citizens of Connecticut can keep Connecticut’s roadways safe."

During Memorial Day Weekend 2014, motorists should be aware that Connecticut State Police Troopers will use all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety.  

State Troopers will utilize laser units for speed enforcement, as well as marked and unmarked, non-traditional police vehicles to patrol the highways and roadways. Additionally, the State Police Aviation Unit will provide an eye from the sky when they patrol travel roads across the state. 

 “In the past, we have seen several tragedies involving young drivers and motor vehicles. These accidents remind us to pause and reflect on how important good driving skills and the actions of drivers can be,” said Colonel Danny R. Stebbins, Commander of the State Police. “We anticipate that enforcement efforts by Connecticut State Troopers will help to increase safety and provide us with a safer Memorial Day weekend.”


~ LT. J. Paul Vance