Two teenagers have been charged with several crimes following an accident that led to police confiscating large amounts of drugs and alcohol. Connecticut authorities in Wallingford responded to a call about the accident, which led to the arrest of the driver and a passenger in the vehicle. Both individuals will have to go to court at an undisclosed date, where they will face the DUI charge and the other charges filed against them.
According to the report, police responded to a crash outside a local cafe around 4:30 p.m. The witness said the driver may have been under the influence, but the 19-year-old male reportedly fled the scene with a cooler and a backpack, returning without those items. Police say they observed several pieces of drug paraphernalia in the car as they were conducting their investigation.
The driver told police he had been driving without a license and that he removed the backpack and cooler as well as a large amount of cash to save himself from prosecution. Police conducted a roadside sobriety test, which led to him being arrested for probable cause DUI. Police say they recovered over a pound of marijuana, almost three pounds of edibles, 23 ounces of THC extract and some $6,000 in cash. Both he and the passenger, an 18-year-old woman, face multiple drug-related charges, with the driver facing several additional charges, including DUI.
The charges filed against these young people could have irreversible changes on their lives moving forward. A DUI charge can lead to the suspension of a driver’s license, fines and even jail time. The drug charges will be handled separately by a Connecticut criminal court, but the man’s attorney will handle the building of a strong case in his defense. This is true of the attorney representing the passenger as well.