Operator Arrested for Driving Wrong Way During Rush Hour on I-384 in Manchester
On 12/07/2022, at approximately 5:28 PM, Troopers assigned to Troop H - Hartford responded to I-384 westbound in the area of Exit 4 in Manchester for a report of an evading motor vehicle accident. The evading vehicle was described as a gray pickup truck and the caller was able to provide the Connecticut registration plate displayed on the vehicle. During the investigation, it was reported that the pickup truck had allegedly been traveling in the wrong direction and had collided with a Toyota Camry. A short time later, Manchester Police Officers assisting with the investigation located a pickup truck matching the description provided on Candlewood Drive in Manchester a half a mile away from the accident scene. During their interactions, troopers observed that the operator of the pickup truck, identified as William Gerlack, DOB 09/12/1987, of Manchester, was exhibiting signs of possible impairment. Gerlack agreed to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which were not performed to standard. As a result, Gerlack was taken into custody. During a subsequent search of Gerlack’s person, troopers discovered a plastic bag containing suspected Xanax pills, which were seized and processed as evidence. Gerlack was processed at Troop H in Hartford, where he was charged with the following:
C.G.S. 14-224(b)(3) Evading A Motor Vehicle Accident
C.G.S. 14-237 Driving the Wrong Way
C.G.S. 14-36(a) Operating A Motor Vehicle Without a License
C.G.S. 14-279(a)(1) Possession of a Controlled Substance
C.G.S. 14-227a Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Drugs and/or Alcohol.
Gerlack was later released on a $25,000.00 cash/surety bond and is scheduled for arraignment on 01/03/2023, at Manchester Superior Court.