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Hartford city employee fired after crash, arrest

The following photo of Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was provided by the Hartford Police Department.

An employee for the city of Hartford was terminated Monday evening after she was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday night.

An accident involving city employee Rhonda Moniz-Carroll of the Hartford Department of Public Works.

Hartford police said Moniz-Carroll was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape owned by the city of Hartford when it struck a second vehicle head-on Saturday night in the area of Farmington and Prospect avenues.

Police said Moniz-Carroll appeared intoxicated when they arrived. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain her lane.

In addition, police said, she was charged with failure to submit her blood alcohol content.

The driver of the vehicle Moniz-Carrol struck was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

On Monday evening, city officials held a press conference where they announced Moniz-Carroll was fired. 

"Ms. Carroll has worked for the city of Hartford for many years and her dedication and hard work is appreciated. Her recent behavior, however, shows a lack of judgment incompatible with her job and my expectations for any employee of the city," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Carroll's termination was "effective immediately" after working for the city of Hartford since 1997. According to city officials, Carroll's annual salary was $101,833.

The Hartford City Council will consider a proposal Monday that would ban some city workers from taking home city-owned vehicles. 

The proposal comes just weeks after former Hartford Chief of Staff Jared Kupiec was arrested. Police said Kupiec was found in possession of his city-issued vehicle after he had resigned from the position.

Police located the vehicle near Kupiec's Capitol Avenue home in early July after it was vandalized. 

Kupiec initially denied knowing how the vehicle got there, but later admitted to police he took it with a spare set of keys.

Kupiec was arrested on July 30 and charged with taking a vehicle without the owner's permission and interfering with police.

He was granted accelerated rehabilitation during his court appearance in August and ordered to pay restitutions and complete 100 hours of community service.

The Hartford City Council meeting is schedule for Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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