Police Reports: Crashes, harassing texts, stolen baby formula, a DUI

This 2003 Volkswagen Golf crashed at the roundabout, went airborne and landed on the stonewall at St. Jude Church. Monroe Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 photo

MONROE, CT — A 52-year-old Waterbury man was taken to Bridgeport Hospital after his 2003 Volkswagen Golf went airborne during a crash by the roundabout at the intersection of routes 110 and 111, before coming to rest on a stonewall on St. Jude Church’s property on June 23.

Police said the Volkswagen was heading west on Route 110 around 9:49 p.m., when it crossed into the east bound lane, entered the roundabout the wrong way, drove over the center of the roundabout and the sidewalk, before striking the metal guardrail and going airborne.

Town firefighters also responded to the crash. The Volkswagen sustained heavy front end damage and had to be towed.

The driver was cited for operating under suspension, driving without insurance, misuse of a license plate, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to stay in proper lane.

Stolen baby formula

Two women allegedly shoplifted $2,400 worth of baby formula from Stop & Shop, 470 Monroe Turnpike, on June 24.

A store employee called police at 9:06 p.m. and told officers the theft occurred an hour earlier.

During the incident, captured on video surveillance, the suspects entered the store with two empty carriages, headed straight for the baby aisle, and filled bags they brought with them with 78 units of baby formula, before passing all points of sale, getting into a black Ford SUV and driving off.

Police are investigating the theft.

Crash leads to DUI

A 20-year-old Wheeler Road man turned himself in on a warrant charging him with DUI Thursday.

Police said he was involved in a one-vehicle-crash at 2:21 a.m. on May 18, when he drove a Toyota Sienna down Guinea Road, failed to stop for a stop sign, went airborne and plowed into a lawn on Hattertown Road, before the vehicle rolled over.

He and one passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. A female juvenile, who was also in the vehicle, refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.

Police applied for a search warrant for the driver’s blood, which showed an elevated blood alcohol content, the report said. Then police applied for an arrest warrant,

In addition to DUI, he was charged with failure to obey a stop sign. He was released on court set $5,00o bond for a July 8 court date.

Harassing texts

A 57-year-old Shelton woman was charged with harassment on June 24, after allegedly sending threatening texts to her former friend, a Monroe woman, 49, who she accused of having an affair with her husband.

When the victim spoke to officers, police said the Shelton woman continued texting threats to her, adding it was a total of 18 messages over about two hours.

When officers contacted the Shelton woman she agreed to come to headquarters, told her side of the story and acknowledged she knew what she was doing was harassment, police said.

She was advised to have no further contact with the complainant and released on a promise to appear in court on July 1.

Breach of peace

A 58-year-old Bridgeport man turned himself in on a warrant for breach of peace Wednesday, stemming from an argument he had with his wife at The Smithy, 171 Main St.

On May 31, his wife came to the lobby of the Monroe Police Department to file a complaint, because she got the Bridgeport Police Department when she called 911 and they told her it was a Monroe incident.

She told officers she and her husband got into an argument while having dinner at The Smithy on May 26, and she tried to leave the restaurant to go home. But when she realized she had no money, she went back inside and asked her husband for money and he said no.

Later, when they left the restaurant, she refused to get on her husband’s motorcycle, so he allegedly dragged her to the bike and rode fast so she could not get off it.

Police applied for a warrant. After the husband was charged he was released on $500 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

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