Monroe Police: Shelton driver over twice the legal limit

MONROE, CT — A 27-year-old Shelton man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Elm Street early Saturday morning.

He was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to maintain the proper lane, and released on $500 bond for a Dec. 12 court date.

At 1:08 a.m. Saturday morning, an officer following a gray Chevy Tahoe on Purdy Hill Road saw the driver fail to stop at stop signs at the intersections of Porters Hill Road and Elm Street, according to police.

Police said the driver turned onto Elm Street, drifted over the yellow center line, then back into his lane, almost striking the curb.

The officer stopped the vehicle and the driver admitted to having “a couple beers” and the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanated from him, the report said.

Police said field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence and breath tests at the station showed blood alcohol levels of 0.210 and 0.220 when 0.08 is the legal limit.

Evading on Main Street

Police are looking for the driver of a red Nissan Altima, described as a White or Hispanic male who is bald with a beard, after he allegedly sideswiped a black Ford F150 SuperCrew pickup truck on Main Street and evaded the scene of the accident Friday afternoon.

The other driver, a 57-year-old Sandy Hook man, told police he was attempting to turn onto Route 25, while in the area of Judd Road, to go south around 1:18 a.m.

A driver heading north stopped to let him in, but when he was turning the driver of the Nissan allegedly passed the stopped vehicle and sideswiped the pickup truck.

A witness who saw the accident talked to the victim and shared a cellphone photo taken of the suspect via text, police said.

The pickup truck had minor damage, according to police.

Stolen package

A 43-year-old Monroe woman told police she received an email confirmation that a package was delivered to her house, but she was home all day and did not see it on her stoop.

U.S. Postal Service tracking information showed it was delivered on Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. The Postal Service is investigating. Police closed the case pending further information.

Bogus unemployment filings

Police responded to three complaints of fraudulent unemployment benefit claims being made in victims’ names.

On Dec. 1, a 39-year-old Wood Creek Drive man told police he was notified of a claim made in his name by the Human Resources department at his job, though he has never been out of work.

He was advised to contact the Social Security Administration, the three major credit bureaus, his banking institutions and the Connecticut Department of Labor.

On Dec. 2, a 47-year-old Hammertown Road woman told police a former employer notified her of a claim made on her behalf. She had not applied for it.

Police said she did not suffer a financial loss and was advised to notify the Department of Labor and to monitor her credit and banking accounts.

The same day, a 47-year-old Stratford man told police the Department of Labor notified him of a claim made using his former Monroe address and his business.

The victim, who is self-employed, did not incur a financial loss and was advised to notify the Social Security Administration and the three major credit bureaus.

The Connecticut Department of Labor has tips on protecting your identity. To read an article about it, click here.

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