A retired fire captain was the victim of a head-on collision with a woman believed to be drunk behind the wheel, according to local authorities. Connecticut police arrested a 40-year-old woman, who now faces a drunk driving charge as well as several other infractions. It is not clear if she has been released or if she remains in police custody in advance of a trial date.
According to the limited information available in the report, it appears two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in the westbound lanes of Route 14 in Scotland. The 40-year-old woman struck the vehicle of the 63-year-old man with enough force that both drivers needed to be extricated from the wreck by emergency crews. The accident occurred around 7:45 p.m. with first responders arriving shortly thereafter.
The 63-year-old remains in critical condition in a local hospital, while the younger driver was reportedly released with only minor injuries. She now stands charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain minimum insurance and failure to maintain proper lanes. It is not known whether she was subjected to blood, breath or sobriety testing.
While it is fortunate the man survived the crash, if he succumbs to his injuries, the charges against the woman could become even more serious. Even if the man pulls through, a drunk driving charge may be enough to see her face jail time and/or the loss of her license. This is why she will be represented in Connecticut court by an attorney who will review the facts of the case and her arrest, in an effort to build a defense against these charges.