Police Reports: Thieves, a rollover crash and a DUI

MONROE, CT — A Mazda CRX was locked when it was left outside a home on Spinning Wheel Road, but police said a thief stole the keys out of an unlocked Toyota RAV4 on the property, then drove off in the Mazda sometime overnight, according to a complaint filed on Jan. 14.

A neighbor’s camera captured video of a small silver SUV pulling up at 2:56 a.m. and of the Mazda being driven away at 2:57, police said.

Thieves were targeting Monroe neighborhoods throughout the week.

On Jan . 14, a Lazy Brook Road man told police someone had entered his unlocked vehicle, but nothing was taken. A woman on the same street reported the same thing.

On Jan. 18, a Barn Hill Road woman reported the theft of a $70 gift certificate from one of two unlocked vehicles entered overnight.

A rollover crash

A Trumbull woman lost control of her 2003 Toyota Camry in icy conditions on Stanley Road, before her car rolled over onto its roof late in the morning on Jan. 18.

Police said the driver was out of her car and walking on the road when officers arrived. Firefighters and Monroe Emergency Medical Service personnel also responded to the call.

A portion of Route 59 and Stanley Road was closed during the response to the accident which occurred around 11:18 a.m.

The driver was given an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and her Toyota was towed, police said.

DUI arrest

A 33-year-old Bridgeport man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Main Street, near Purdy Hill Road, Jan. 15.

Around 5:39 p.m., police received a complaint about a white work van speeding and unable to maintain its lane while heading north on Main Street. An officer later located the van and conducted a traffic stop after observing it crossing over the white fog lane, police said.

Police said the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the van and that the driver spoke with a slurred speech and did not perform field sobriety tests to standard, leading to his arrest.

He was also charged with failure to maintain the proper lane and operating without a license. He was released on $500 bond for a Jan. 24 court date.

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