Police Reports: The Monroe DPW is not your moving company

MONROE, CT — A 39-year-old New Milford man received an infraction for littering Tuesday with an answer date of  Friday, Nov. 11, after residents complained about someone dumping the contents of a large U-Haul truck on the side of Fan Hill Road, near Timothy Hill Road.

Officers responding to the complaints arrived at the scene around 1:43 p.m. and saw the man outside the truck with large amounts of furniture and miscellaneous items strewn on the roadway.

He told officers he was moving items from his wife’s residence in Monroe to a residence in Southbury when the back of the truck popped open and stuff fell out, onto the road. He pulled over on Timothy Hill Road.

He said he didn’t want to drive any further until the back door of the truck could close properly and that he planned to call the Monroe Public Works Department and have them pick up the furniture.

Officers told him to move everything back onto the truck and go, but not before giving him a ticket.

Items included mattresses, several dressers, a couch, electronics, two bicycles, carpeting and several other pieces of furniture, according to police.

Going to or coming from Bridgeport

A 32-year-old Bridgeport man was charged with DUI and possession of narcotics following a traffic stop on Old Coach Road early Monday morning, on Nov. 7.

At about 2:17 a.m., an officer observed a silver, Subaru Impreza heading south on Monroe Turnpike with one headlight out. When the officer got behind the car, it continued to travel at a slow rate of speed, turned right onto Old Coach Road, then came to a complete stop in the roadway, according to police.

The officer initiated a traffic stop.

The driver’s eyes were glossy and there was a large amount of sweat on his forehead, police said, adding he said he was coming from Bridgeport and that he was going to Bridgeport, his speech was slurred and he was unable to focus.

His registration plates were canceled and field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence. Police said his blood alcohol level was 0.272, over three times the legal limit.

Officers also found five small baggies on him, containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

He was charged with DUI, operating with a suspended license, misuse of plates, driving with no insurance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. He was released on a total bond of $1,000 for a Nov. 17 court date.

Crash leads to DUI

A 32-year-old Monroe man was charged with DUI after crashing his 2020 Kia Telluride into a tree, after driving off the road on Elm Street, Monday evening, Nov. 7.

Officers responded to the one-vehicle-crash at around 6:20 p.m.

Police said an investigation determined the Kia crossed the double yellow center line into the other lane, went off the road and hit a mailbox, before re-entering the roadway, going off the opposite side of the road and hitting a tree and rocks, disabling the vehicle.

When officers arrived the driver was sitting in his Kia, the airbag was deployed and the vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage, police said.

While helping him out of the vehicle, officers noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage and the driver admitted to drinking vodka earlier in the day, police said. He later refused breath tests.

Firefighters and Monroe Emergency Medical Service personnel also responded to the call. The driver was checked out by EMS, but refused transport to the hospital, the report said.

He was charged and released on $500 bond for a Nov. 15 court date.

Theft from a purse

A Bridgeport woman reported the theft of approximately $1,000 cash from her purse after leaving it in a changing room at the Goodwill Store, 252 Monroe Turnpike, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

She told police she forgot her purse in a changing room when she went to the front of the store to pay for her purchases. When she came back, the purse was open and the money was missing.

Police are investigating the theft.

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