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A driver crashed his vehicle into the back of an empty state police car on Route 9 early Sunday after troopers had managed to pull over a wrong-way driver and were investigating, forcing one trooper to dive over a guardrail, according to state police.
Both drivers were intoxicated, state police said.
Shortly after 4 a.m., state police sent troopers from the Hartford barracks to Route 9 in the area of Cromwell/Berlin near Exit 22 after several 911 calls about a driver headed north in the southbound lanes.
Trooper First Class Robert Zdrojeski first spotted the driver, later identified as Andrew Duffy, 55, of Cromwell “traveling directly towards him at a high rate of speed,” an incident report provided by state police on Monday said.
Zdrojeski, Trooper First Class Jerry Richardson and Sgt. Timothy Begley were able to get Duffy to stop without any in the area of exits 22 and 23.
Duffy was taken to Troop H and charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. Duffy, released on a $5,000 bond, is expected in court Jan. 29, 2021.
As troopers investigated the first wrong-way driver, the right shoulder and right lane were shut down by flares when Jamar Jone, 28, of New Havens was seen driving at a “high rate of speed,” state police said.
“As Jones approached troopers in the roadway, a trooper was forced to dive over the guardrail to prevent being struck,” Begley wrote in an incident report.
He said Jones allegedly drove into the right shoulder and rear-ended a trooper’s cruiser.
Troopers took Jones into custody and processed him at Troop H on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving within a construction zone, failure to maintain a lane within a construction zone, first-degree reckless endangerment, failure to renew registration and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
Jones was released after posting his $500 bond and given a Dec. 14 court date.
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