Alleged drunk driver rear-ends detectives’ car

Police arrest alleged drunk driver after rear-ending police car.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people are facing a list of charges after police say they crashed their car into a police vehicle on Chapel Street on Sunday.

New Haven Detectives Shayna Kendall and Lucile Roach were rear-ended AT about 11:43 a.m. Police say the driver, 58-year-old Victor Santiago of West Haven failed sobriety tests, and he had a crack pipe and Oxycodone with him. Police also found several cans of beer in the Mazda Santiago was operating, including an open one in a cup holder.

2 arrested after crashing into new haven cop car
Tina Deleeuw

The passenger and owner of the vehicle, 60-year-old Tina Deleeuw, of New Haven was also arrested. Police say the car was unregistered and uninsured.

Police said they went to transport Deleeuw home because she had a cast on her arm when a gun, a Davis Industries P380, fell out of the cast. Police said the gun was untraceable, and Deleeuw did not have a pistol permit. When the Officer asked where she’d gotten the gun, she replied, “It’s not mine… I didn’t know it was in there.” Deleeuw said the gun probably belonged to Santiago. Deleeuw was charged with weapons crimes.

Santiago is charged with traveling too fast for road conditions, drinking and driving, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to keep narcotics in a proper container, criminal possession of a pistol and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.


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