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Driver Charged With DUI After Driving Through Highway Construction Zone in Meriden

On 12/01/2022, at approximately 8:15 PM, a State Police Sergeant was assigned to a highway construction project on I-691 westbound at the Exit 7 off ramp in Meriden. To preserve the safety of both motorists and highway construction workers in the area, a construction pattern including signs, construction cones and traffic trucks displaying flashing yellow lights, were put in place to indicate the closure of the right lane and the Exit 7 off ramp.

The Sergeant, who was positioned near the Exit 7 off ramp, observed a blue station wagon traveling at a high rate of speed in the center lane. The vehicle reduced its speed and made an abrupt right turn into the right lane to enter the Exit 7 off ramp, which was visibly blocked by workers in the roadway. To alert the workers in the roadway and attempt to stop the vehicle, the Sergeant activated his vehicle’s lights and sirens. The vehicle, a blue 2005 Subaru Legacy, came to a stop half way down the Exit 7 off ramp.

Upon interacting with the female operator of the vehicle, later identified as Natasha Cabrera, DOB 06/16/1987, of Meriden, the Sergeant observed that she was exhibiting signs of possible impairment and requested that an additional trooper respond to assist. Cabrera was asked to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests which were not performed to standard. As a result of the on-scene investigation, Cabrera was taken into custody and the Subaru was towed from the scene. Cabrera spontaneously advised troopers that she was in possession of “PCP” which was seized and processed as evidence. Cabrera was transported to Troop I in Bethany, where she was processed and charged with the following:

C.G.S. 14-227a Driving Under the Influence

C.G.S. 14-236Z Failure to Maintain Established Lane in a Construction Zone

C.G.S. 14-36(a) Operating without a License

C.G.S. 21a-279(a)(1) Possession of a Controlled Substance

Cabrera was later released on a $1,500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled for arraignment at Meriden Superior Court, on December 16, 2022.

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