Police Reports: DUI crash knocks out power on Purdy Hill Road

MONROE, CT — A DUI crash temporarily knocked out power on Purdy Hill Road on April 11, after a Ford Edge went off the road and across a lawn in the 260-block, struck a utility pole and plowed into a parked Chevrolet pickup truck, pinning it against a tree, according to police.

The driver, Ryan Casey, 26, of Lynn Drive, who reportedly was not injured, was charged with DUI and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for an April 20 court date.

The homeowner and a neighbor told police they heard a loud bang outside at around 11:18 p.m. and called 911, adding Casey got out of his vehicle and sat on the ground.

Police said Casey was sitting along a white fence, just past the vehicle, when officers arrived, and told them he was uninjured and was the only person involved in the crash. Monroe Emergency Medical Service personnel evaluated him at the scene, according to the report.

During an investigation, police examined tire impressions in the lawn and determined Casey was heading west on Purdy Hill Road when his SUV went off the right shoulder of the roadway, traveling approximately 95 feet before hitting a utility pole.

Police said the Ford Edge continued another 145 feet before striking the pickup truck with so much force that it moved 13 feet before becoming pinned against a tree.

Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Casey and field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence, according to police.

Eversource repaired the utility pole, restoring power by 12:18 a.m., police said.

$2,000 lost in online fraud

A Monroe woman told police she was defrauded out of $2,000, while buying a camper online.

According to the complaint filed April 12, she found a 1995 Gulf Stream Conquest advertised for $1,200 on OfferUp.com and inquired about the camper. She was told it was available on eBay for the same price.

The owner, who claimed to be from Jackson, Miss., had an email address on the page advertising the camper. The woman exchanged emails with him in a negotiation.

Police said the seller told her he preferred eBay gift cards and needed an extra $800 for documents to transfer the title to the buyer, a car warranty payment and an attorney’s fee, bringing the total to $2,000.

She bought 10 eBay gift cards valued at $200 each and emailed pictures of the cards to give the seller access to the numbers. The seller promised to deliver the camper by 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, but never showed up.

Police said the victim wrote several emails to the seller requesting a refund, with no response.

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