Drunk driver arrested on his 21st birthday

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – A Preston man was arrested the night he turned legal for drinking while driving the wrong way on Route 6.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on March 3rd, Connecticut State Police asked Willimantic officers to help them find a green pickup truck driving the wrong direction in Windham.

An officer headed towards the area of Route 6 and Route 66 to locate the reckless driver and spotted the truck driving in circles at a nearby parking lot. When he tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver sped away and turned east onto Route 66 towards Willimantic.

Jackob Tate was finally pulled over on Columbia Avenue near Recycling Way after weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. He attempted to run away after getting out of his truck, but police were able to quickly arrest him at the scene.

Officers found two open bottles of alcohol in the vehicle and Tate was later found to have a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit.

He now faces charges including DUI, reckless driving, and drinking while driving. Tate was held on a $1,500 bond and appeared in Danielson Superior Court on March 4th.

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