East Hartford Man Arrested for Assault on DOT Worker While in Construction Zone
On August 9, at 11:58 p.m., Troop H was notified of an alleged assault that occurred in a construction zone on I-84 westbound in West Hartford, in the area of Exit 41.
At the time of the incident, the right lane was closed, with two lanes open to traffic. Upon arrival, Troopers learned that a DOT employee had been struck in the face by a motorist who had driven into the active construction pattern. When the DOT employee directed the motorist to exit the pattern, the motorist stopped his vehicle, exited and allegedly assaulted the DOT worker before returning to his vehicle and leaving the scene.
A contracted highway worker followed the accused in his vehicle to the accused’s workplace where the contractor was met by State Police. The accused was identified as Luis Moreno Jr., D.O.B. 02/26/1991, of East Hartford.
After a brief investigation, Moreno Jr. was taken into custody and charged with Assault-Third Degree and Breach of Peace-Second Degree. He posted a $1,000 cash/surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on August 29, 2022.
The DOT worker was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.
Your Connecticut State Troopers remind motorists to pay extra attention when traveling through construction zones. Due to our seasons, road construction is very common at this time of year. Please leave yourself adequate travel time to arrive at your destination, anticipate construction patterns & traffic, and be patient as our partners at CT DOT and other workers upgrade, maintain and keep our roads safe for travel.