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Man Accused of Driving the Wrong Way on RT 8 in Thomaston Faces Multiple Charges

On Tuesday, 01/10/2023, at approximately 9:15 PM, Troop L in Litchfield received several 911 calls reporting a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 8, in the area of Exit 39, in Thomaston. Prior to the arrival of responding troopers, the driver of a vehicle traveling southbound was able to get the attention of the wrong-way driver and advised him to turn his vehicle around. According to the witness, the wrong-way vehicle proceeded to exit the highway at Exit #39 southbound and re-entered Route 8 via the northbound entrance ramp. Responding troopers located the described vehicle and operator traveling northbound near Exit 42 and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Troopers identified the male operator of the vehicle as Shawn Wiosna, DOB 10/18/1975, of Torrington, and observed that he was exhibiting signs of possible impairment. During the on-scene investigation, Wiosna refused to exit the vehicle after being asked several times to do so voluntarily. Troopers then escorted Wiosna out of the vehicle and secured him in handcuffs. Wiosna was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to Troop L in Litchfield, where he agreed to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which were not performed to standard. As a result of this investigation, Wiosna was processed and charged with the following:

C.G.S. 53a-167a - Interfering with an Officer

C.G.S. 14-227a - Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs,

C.G.S. 14-236 - Failure to Drive in Proper Lane.

C.G.S. 14-239(a) - Driving the Wrong Way

Wiosna was later released on a $10,000.00 bond and is scheduled for arraignment at the Torrington Superior Court, on 01/24/2023.

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