Manchester officer injured after crash, driver charged with DUI

A suspected drunk driver struck an officer's cruiser in Manchester Monday morning. (WFSB photo)

A Hartford man was charged with driving under the influence after crashing into a police cruiser in Manchester on Monday morning.

An officer was headed to an emergency call for a report of emotionally disturbed person around 11:30 a.m. Police said a vehicle crashed into the cruiser after making a left turn onto Cooper Street. Police said the driver turned in front of the cruiser.

"I heard the sirens and then I heard the crash," Robyn, of Manchester, said. "And then I ran and went up to the window and saw the police car had gone over to the grass and the other car was in the middle of the road."

Police said the unidentified officer suffered "minor injuries" and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police added the officer has since been released from the hospital.

Police said the officer had lights and sirens on when responding to the emergency call.

The vehicle was driven by Hartford resident Diego Vazquez-Agreda. Police, during their investigation, determined that Vazquez-Agreda was "at fault in the collision." There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Both Vazquez-Agreda and his passenger, 19-year-old Jaunita Burto, of Manchester, were taken to a nearby hospital with "minor injuries," police said.

Before being released from the hospital, Vazquez-Agreda admitted to police that he was smoking marijuana two hours before the crash.

Vazquez-Agreda admitted that he had marijuana and a grinder in his possession. Burto was also found in possession of marijuana.

Police said Vazquez-Agreda failed field sobriety tests and was arrested while at the hospital. Police added Vazquez-Agreda "was previously cited for marijuana possession in March of 2014."

"It's very dangerous and very scary to know that someone could be driving drunk so early in the morning,"Olivia, of Manchester, said.

As for this intersection, people in the area said it's a dangerous one. There was another crash in the same area on Sunday night.

Besides DUI, Vazquez-Agreda was charged with possession of less than ½ oz marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to obey an officer’s signal. Burto was also charged with possession of less than ½ oz marijuana as well as failure to wear a seat belt.

The cruiser and the vehicle driven by Vazquez-Agreda had to be towed from the scene.

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