Crashing into several signs in the roundabout leads to a DUI

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MONROE, Conn. — Police charged a local man with DUI after responding to reports of a crash at the intersection of routes 110 and 111, in which a black sedan hit several signs in the roundabout Saturday evening.

Michael Viola, 58, of 32 Birdseye Road in Monroe, was charged with operating under the influence, evading responsibility in an accident causing property damage, failure to drive in the proper lane and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released on $1,000 bond for a March 2 court date.

Police responded to calls about the crash around 5:40 p.m. and witnesses told them the vehicle continued east on 110, turned onto Moose Hill Road and headed north before getting back to Monroe Turnpike (Route 111).

Officers found a black Infinity with heavy damage to the front passenger side, according to police, who said the right, front tire was coming off the rim, which was broken in several places, and the passenger side, curtain airbag was deployed.

The driver was identified as Viola and police said he appeared dazed with droopy eyelids and bloodshot eyes, adding there was the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.

Police said Viola admitted to having drank a couple glasses of wine four hours earlier, had no recollection of the crash, saying he took a wrong turn in the roundabout.

Field tests were not performed to standard, leading to his arrest, according to the report.

Speeding leads to DUI

A 49-year-old Shelton man was charged with DUI Saturday night, after an officer clocked his Chevrolet Tahoe going 47-mph in a 25-mph-zone on Pepper Street and saw the vehicle cross the double yellow center line several times, police said.

Police said a traffic stop was conducted at the intersection with Cutlers Farm Road.

Christopher Chisarik, of 32 Walnut Tree Hill Road, was charged with operating under the influence, traveling unreasonably fast and failure to drive in the established lane and released on $500 bond for a March 3 court date.

Police said the odor of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from Chisarik, who admitted to having had several drinks. He did not perform field sobriety tests to standard, leading to his arrest, the report said.

DUI on Main Street

A 35-year-old Danbury man was charged with DUI after an officer observed his 2013 Honda CRV cross over the center line several times and pulled over his vehicle in the 800-block of Main Street Friday night, according to police.

Alexandre DeSouza, of 50 South St., was charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for a March 2 court date.

Police said DeSouza had bloodshot, glassy eyes and did not perform field sobriety tests to standard. Officers also found a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, according to the report.

DeSouza was issued an infraction for possession of less-than-half-an-ounce of marijuana.

A stolen iPad

A couple brought their Apple iPad to entertain their child, while they shopped at the Goodwill store at 252 Monroe Turnpike Friday afternoon, but later realized they forgot the device in their shopping cart.

When they went back to the store, police said the iPad was gone and Goodwill employees were unable to find it.

Breach of Peace

A Bethel man was arrested following a disturbance at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group on Main Street Thursday.

John King, 64, of Knollwood Drive, was charged with disorderly conduct, breach of peace and possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $1,500 bond for a Feb. 28 court date.

Police said King had a doctor’s appointment at 4 p.m. and told officers he did not like the way a secretary spoke to him and that he was approved for everything.

Staff members at the medical office said an employee was explaining something to King when he began to act irrational and to inappropriately touch employees, according to the report.

Police said King was escorted by staff to the lobby for erratic, inappropriate behavior and that he allegedly reacted by banging on the window.

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