WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police say a truck driver from Enfield may have been drunk behind the wheel when he struck buildings, a parked car, and street signs before finally crashing in a school driveway Tuesday morning.
Around 6 a.m., West Hartford police responded to Trout Brook Drive near the Kingswood Oxford School on reports of a flatbed truck involved in a hit-and-run accident. Callers reported that the truck had hit a fire hydrant and two utility poles on New Park Avenue.
A few minutes later, officers received another call reporting a truck that was causing extensive damage to the building at 755 Farmington Avenue. A paramedic told police that he saw the suspect’s truck being driven south on Arnodale Road, and cops responded immediately to the area.
Police saw the suspect’s truck being driven west on Park Road. Officers said the truck had already sustained significant damage to the front end, and the right front tire was missing.
The driver turned off of Park Road onto Trout Brook Drive with police following. The continued to pursue until the driver pulled into driveway of the Kingswood Oxford School. The driver, 40-year-old Adam Puzon, then surrendered to officers without incident. No injuries were reported.
Police described Puzon’s conduct as “extremely reckless”. In addition to the property damage, officers said Puzon drove straight through two red lights.
Puzon is facing a long list of charges including operating under the influence, reckless driving, and multiple counts of criminal mischief. He is being held on $50,000 bond. He is expected to be arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday.
Police said there is extensive damage to the east side wall of the building at 755 Farmington Avenue. There is also damage to the interior of an apartment at that address. A parked car, a 2009 Honda Accord, was also heavily damaged and there was minor damage to two other buildings on the same lot.
The truck left a wide trail of fluid and left its right front tire on Farmington Avenue. The front end of the truck, a 2008 Hino flatbed, was destroyed.
The truck is owned by Advanced Scaffold Services of West Hartford. Puzon is an employee of the company, and police said he had permission to use the truck.