Police Reports: Rollover crash traps Monroe family-of-four, catalytic converter thefts …


MONROE, CT — Stevenson firefighters extricated a family-of-four from their gray 2018 Honda Odyssey following a rollover crash on Monroe Turnpike, near Highland Drive, at approximately 2:19 a.m. Saturday morning. Their were no apparent injuries, according to police.

The mother, a 41-year-old Monroe woman, told officers a deer ran in front of her vehicle, causing her to swerve to the right to avoid it. The Honda went off the road and over a guardrail, before rolling over, the report said.

Due to airbag deployment with entrapment, police said firefighters were called in.

Among the passengers were the driver’s 39-year-old husband and their two daughters, ages seven and one-and-a-half. Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel evaluated everyone at the scene, but the family refused a trip to the hospital.

Police said the driver was not cited for an infraction, because the deer caused the crash. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed.

Catalytic converter thefts

Police officers responded to two catalytic converter thefts Friday, one at Hill-‘N-Dale Sales & Services, 456 Main St., and another in the parking lot of M Cubed Technologies, 921 Main St. Both incidents are being investigated by the Monroe Police Detective Division.

At 9:08 a.m., Hill-‘N-Dale garage told police someone stole a catalytic converter off a customer’s 2007 Volkswagen Jetta sometime overnight. A mechanic told officers he started the engine and the Jetta was very loud, so he looked under it and noticed the catalytic converter had been cut and taken.

Surveillance video showed a blue two-door sedan enter the parking lot at 2:25 a.m. and leave four minutes later, police said.

Then at 9:22 a.m., officers went to M Cubed Technologies to speak to an employee, who told them the catalytic converter to his 2007 Honda Accord was stolen when it was parked during a night shift.

He told officers his vehicle was working properly when he arrived at work at 11:30 p.m., but when he went on his break at 1 a.m. he started the engine and it was extremely loud.

He thought it was a mechanical issue and drove to his Easton home when his shift ended. While there, he looked under the Honda and noticed that the catalytic converter appeared to have been cut off, according to the report.

Police said the Honda was parked in a place where surveillance footage was unable to catch the incident on camera.

Two-vehicle crash

A 51-year-old Monroe woman told police she was experiencing a medical condition when she crossed the double yellow center line, while heading south on Monroe Turnpike, near Wheeler Road, in a 2022 Toyota Hylander, and struck a 2023 Nissan Altima headed in the opposite direction on the night of April 5.

Police said the other driver, a 59-year-old Monroe woman, swerved to her left to avoid the oncoming Toyota, when the driver veered to her right to move back into the proper lane, crashing into the Nissan.

Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel and firefighters also responded to the crash, which occurred around 8:45 p.m.

Police said the driver of the Toyota was evaluated by EMS at the scene and declined a trip to a hospital, and her passenger was not injured. The driver was issued an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane.

The driver of the Nissan was evaluated by EMS for minor injuries and taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for further evaluation, according to police.

Police said airbags were deployed and both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed.

Unemployment scam

A 56-year-old Monroe woman told police she received a letter from the Connecticut Department of Labor about an unemployment application, though she has never been out of work and did not apply for benefits, according to a complaint filed Friday.

Police said she suffered no monetary loss and was advised to contact her bank, all three major credit bureaus and the Social Security Administration.

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