Troopers sent to hospital after 2 cruisers hit in less 24 hours - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Troopers sent to hospital after 2 cruisers hit in less 24 hours

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One of the cruisers damaged in the past 24 hours. (CT State Police) One of the cruisers damaged in the past 24 hours. (CT State Police)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Two Connecticut State Police troopers were sent to hospital after their cruisers were struck in two separate incidents in less than 24 hours.

A motor vehicle was stopped by troopers on the southbound side of Route 8 in Beacon Falls on Sunday night. Police said the driver “stopped in the left lane causing an extremely hazardous situation” around exit 24 around 6:30 p.m.

Police said the trooper told the driver “to pull over to the right shoulder” after the trooper had stopped traffic.

Around this time, police said 52-year-old Jeffrey Stella “failed to react to the warning lights in time and struck the rear of the Trooper’s cruiser.”

Police said the unidentified trooper was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital with “minor injuries.”

Stella was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, operating under suspension, failure to move over/yield to emergency vehicles, traveling too fast for conditions and traveling an unreasonable distance apart. He was released on a $1,000 bond and will appear in Derby Superior Court on Dec. 2.

A trooper suffered “minor injuries” after his cruiser was struck on Route 2 in Bozrah on Monday morning.

The second crash was reported on Route 2 around 6:45 a.m. Police said a vehicle left the roadway and hit the cruiser.

The trooper was taken to Backus Hospital and the driver was cited for traveling too fast for conditions.

Following the crashes involving cruisers, state police released the following takeaways: 

  • Don’t drive under the influence – ever. There are no excuses. 10,265 people were killed in DUI crashes last year. 
  • When signaled to pull over, always pull to the right. (This is an additional motor vehicle violation under 14-283(e). It’s an $82 ticket, but the costs can be much higher as we’ve seen. 
  • Accept that winter is upon us! Morning commutes are going to be a bit tougher with black ice and snow flurries becoming the norm. Leave early – slow down – avoid distractions – wear your seatbelt.

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