Wrong-way driver in Shelton nabbed for more than just traffic vi - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Wrong-way driver in Shelton nabbed for more than just traffic violations

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Walter Ciepiela. (State police photo) Walter Ciepiela. (State police photo)

Reports of a wrong-way driver on Route 8 north in Shelton led to the arrest of a man on several charges.

State police said 64-year-old Walter Ciepiela of Shelton was found to be traveling south in the northbound lanes near exit 12 just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Troopers said they attempted to stop Ciepiela near exit 9 and again near exit 5.

Stop sticks were deployed near exit 4, but Ciepiela avoided them in his silver Honda CRV, almost struck a cruiser and increased his speed to 60 mph, according to state police.

The suspect continued south in the wrong lanes.

Ciepiela hit deployed stop sticks near exit 1, but he continued onto Interstate 95 northbound despite both driver's side tires being struck.

However, a trooper was able to stop and secure him without incident.

State police said Ciepiela's eyes appeared bloodshot and glossy. His speech was also slurred.

They said he failed a field sobriety test.

Ciepiela was charged with criminal attempted assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer, driving the wrong way on a highway, possession of less than one half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was held on a $50,000 cash/surety bond, which he was unable to post.

Ciepiela is scheduled to face a judge in Bridgeport Tuesday.

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