Driver faints on Route 111 before crashing into a light post, street signs, trees

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MONROE, CT — An 85-year-old Monroe woman apparently fainted while driving on Route 111, near Route 110, and crashed into a light post and struck several signs and trees Sunday morning.

Police said the driver was passed out and Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel took her to St. Vincent’s Medical Center to be evaluated. Her passenger, a 34-year-old man, had no apparent injuries, according to the report.

Firefighters also responded to the crash, which occurred around 10:25 a.m.

Buy gift cards …

A 29-year-old Monroe man was locked out of his bank account for being overdrawn after falling victim to an online loan scam.

Police said he visited two websites on July 12 to apply for a loan when a woman claiming to be a finance associate with Light Stream Finance called him to begin the loan process.

She gave him a $2,110 advance by making online deposits of checks, made out to him from Midwest Title Loans Inc., into his bank account, and depositing two more checks that were not made out to him.

The woman told him to withdraw the $2,110, buy gift cards and send her the codes. Police said he did what he was told. Then when he tried to call the woman, the number was out of service.

He realized he was part of a scam and contacted Bank of America, which told him it would not reimburse him and temporarily locked his account, because it is overdrawn.

Police remind residents that no legitimate company requires people to buy gift cards.

Rollover crash on 25

A 32-year-old Naugatuck woman driving a 1997 Honda CRV in the 850-block of Main Street Friday evening, allegedly clipped a 2019 Mazda CX-3 in front of her, veered over the double yellow line and struck an oncoming 2015 BMW 328xi, before her vehicle rolled over onto its side, according to police.

The driver told officers a mechanical issue caused her Honda to flip over, police said of the crash, which occurred around 5 p.m. She received an infraction for following too close.

Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel evaluated the drivers at the scene. Police said the driver of the Honda had facial injuries and scrapes and the other drivers reported having minor injuries and declined transport to a hospital.

Several vehicles entered

A Meadows End Road woman told police someone tried to enter her 2017 Mercedes Benz when it was parked outside her home, according to a complaint filed Sunday.

Police said the rubber seal above the driver’s side door was damaged in multiple places and a physical object appeared to have caused vertical and horizontal abrasions. However, access did not appear to be made to the vehicle’s interior.

Police said there were no cameras on the property.

Three unlocked vehicles parked in a driveway on Wheeler Road were entered sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning and a purse was taken from one of the vehicles, a 2016 Toyota RAV4, according to police.

Police said the purse contained three credit/debit cards and a driver’s license.

One of the vehicles, a Kia Forte had damaged plastic below the steering wheel, according to the report.

Police also received a complaint of a vehicle being entered on Williams Drive Monday.

Two mailboxes struck

A driver appeared to have struck two mailboxes in the 750-block of Monroe Turnpike early Sunday morning before leaving the scene.

Using camera footage, police said they believe the vehicle was a dark colored Jeep Wrangler, though video did not capture the license plate number.

The incident occurred around 2:36 a.m.

Owning up to a theft

A juvenile female’s mother brought her to the Mobil gas station at 405 Monroe Turnpike Sunday, where she returned traffic cones she and her friends stole from the parking lot the night before, police said.

The teenager also apologized to the manager for the theft, according to the report.

Police said surveillance video had captured the juvenile’s license plate number the night before, enabling officers to track her down. The manager did not wish to file charges.

Unemployment scam

Police received three complaints within the past week from residents saying someone tried to apply for unemployment benefits using their information.

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