During the investigation, police determined that Luponio “crossed over the center line striking a second vehicle heading southbound.”
Right away, police had suspected Luponio was driving drunk. An investigator wrote "while being interviewed Luponio's speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy. there was a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on luponio's breath."
Police said Luponio had a blood alcohol level of .24%, which is three times limit. Police also determined that Luponio was “legally intoxicated, driving at an excessive speed, and did not have motor vehicle insurance.”
Police said Luponio had been involved in a road rage accident minutes before the crash where he had thrown a liquor bottle at another driver in Southington.
Investigators' test results also show Luponio was driving about 65 mph on a road where the speed limit is 40.
Luponio was charged with two counts of second-degree Manslaughter and three counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle as well as one count of Operating under the influence of alcohol, Reckless driving and driving with no insurance.
Luponio was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance is March 18.
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