Police reports: Thefts from vehicles at Wolfe Park, DUI on Elm

MONROE, CT — Windows of vehicles were bashed in during several thefts in the Wolfe Park parking lot Sunday afternoon. Pocketbooks, gift cards, bags and sunglasses were among the items reported stolen.

Police had received two phone calls about the incident around 12:48 p.m.

Unlike many previous thefts from vehicles, these victims locked their doors. However, police remind members of the public to take their valuables, like wallets and purses, with them whenever they leave their vehicle.

DUI on Elm

A Bridgeport man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Elm Street early Saturday morning.

Police said the driver, Jose Morales Jr., 38, of 455 Trumbull Ave., was also charged with failure to drive in the proper lane and for failing to have an ignition interlock device in the vehicle, which he is required to have. The red Chevrolet Cruze he was driving was a rental, according to police.

An ignition interlock device requires drivers to blow into a mouthpiece to gauge the alcohol on their breath, before starting or continuing to operate the vehicle.

Morales was also issued an infraction for possession of less-than-half an ounce of a cannabis type substance. Bond was set at $500 for a Feb. 1 court date on the charges.

At around 1:13 a.m. Saturday, an officer observing traffic from the driveway at 375 Monroe Turnpike (Route 111) saw the Chevrolet Cruze nearly come to a stop in the middle of the road as it passed, while heading north.

The officer followed the vehicle, which turned left onto Elm Street, where it crossed the double yellow line several times, according to police.

A traffic stop was conducted and police said the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle, while speaking to the driver, Morales, police said.

Police said Morales’s speech was slow and that he seemed confused. He did not perform field sobriety tests to standard, leading to his arrest, according to the report.

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