State trooper charged with DUI after totaling cruiser, hitting truck

ELLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–A veteran state trooper is charged with driving drunk after a Friday night crash.

42 year old Christopher Powers was not on duty at the time.

According to state police say the trooper was driving west on Sandy Beach Road in Ellington when he failed to negotiate a curve. He then went over the center line hitting a Dodge Ram pick up truck which was travelling east. The cruiser flipped over and landed on its roof right off the road.

The cruiser was totaled while the pick up truck was side swiped hard enough to do damage to the rear axle which now sits in the bed of the truck at Stafford Springs dealership.

The passenger – a 49 year old woman who lives on nearby Jacobs Hill Road – and Powers were both treated and released from area hospitals.

Lt. J Paul Vance a spokesperson for the Connecticut Sate Police says, “His police powers have been suspended and he’s been assigned to an administrative assignment with no contact with the public.”

Powers was charged with DUI and failure to drive right. No word on what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the crash.

Ellington resident Alyssa Brawn says, “I definitely think that they need to take into consideration who they allow to take home those cars at night and everything because he wasn’t on duty but still that’s pretty stupid so.”

Brawn says there are two or three accidents a year on that same stretch of road. “I would say people definitely underestimate those turns because they’re either going too fast or maybe they’re under the influence of something,” says Brawn.

Brawn says the woman in the truck who was injured is the mother of one of her friends. She says, “She’s doing okay I guess just had to some neck trauma but she’s alright thank god. It definitely could have been worse.”

Lt. J. Paul Vance says 42 year old Christopher Powers is a veteran state trooper working out of Troop C in Tolland.

Vance says, “It’s disheartening but we have rules and regulations that we live by and abide by and they will be thoroughly examined to see if any rules in fact were violated.”

Powers is free on $500 bond. He is due in Rockville Superior Court on August 25th.

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