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Hazardous Disabled Vehicle Leads to DUI Arrest; Interfering

On 06/22/24 at approximately 2:28 AM, Troop-H Hartford was advised of a disabled vehicle in a hazardous location on I-91 northbound in Middletown, between the rest area and Exit 20. Upon arrival at the scene, Troopers observed a black GMC Sierra pickup with a Massachusetts registration parked in the right climbing lane, Leading up to the vehicle's location, Troopers observed several damaged DOT traffic cones. The GMC's engine was found to be running, with the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle slumped over the steering wheel. Troopers made multiple attempts to gain the operator's attention, to which the operator remained unresponsive. As all other efforts to check the operator's well-being had failed, Troopers eventually made entry by breaking one of the vehicle's windows, at which point in time the operator became alert.

The unidentified operator physically resisted Trooper's efforts to escort him out of the GMC and attempted to drive away before he was successfully removed from the vehicle. Once separated from the vehicle, the unidentified operator remained combative and uncooperative while in the travel lane of the highway, Recognizing that oncoming traffic created a dangerous situation for the GMC operator, Troopers and other motorists. Troopers physically pulled the GMC operator out of the roadway and into the shoulder, where he continued to fight with Troopers as they worked to secure him in handcuffs.

The operator was subsequently drive-stunned by Taser, at which point he became cooperative and was handcuffed without further incident. EMS responded to the scene and performed an evaluation of the operator, positively identified as Sean O'Neill, DOB 02/15/2000, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, who declined to be transported for further medical treatment.

During interactions with O'Neill, investigating Troopers detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person and containers consistent with alcoholic beverages were observed within the GMC, in plain view.

O'Neill was then transported to Troop H, where he was subjected to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which were not performed to standard.

Based upon the information obtained and observations made during the investigation,, O'Neill was processed and charged with the following violations:

C.G.S. 53a-117a, Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree,

C.G.S. 53a-167a, Interfering (2 counts)

C.G.S. 53a-64, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree,

C.G.S. 14-227a, Operating Under the Influence

C.G.S. 14-222, Reckless Driving

C.G.S. 14-236, Failure to Maintain Lane

C.G.S. 14-251(c), Improper parking

O'Neill was later released from custody on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment at Middletown Superior Court, on 07/12/24.

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