PD: Drunken driver crashes car, flees scene in Plainfield

Matthew Gallant (Photo provided by the Plainfield Police Department)

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Plainfield police say they have arrested a man who crashed his car while drunk, fled the scene and then allegedly assaulted an officer.

Police say they responded to All Hallows Road in Wauregan, a section of Plainfield, just before 10 p.m. Friday for a report of an overturned vehicle off the roadway. When officers arrived, they say they found a white Ford Ranger overturned on its operator side in a field, but the car was unoccupied. Police say the car was registered to 21-year-old Matthew Gallant of Wauregan.

Officers then went to the Depot Road home where they say they found Gallant highly intoxicated. When officers tried to arrest him, Gallant allegedly attacked and struck an officer. After a struggle, police arrested Gallant.

Once at the Plainfield Police Department, they say Gallant refused testing and was charged with driving under the influence, interfering with a police investigation and assault on a police officer. Gallant was released on bond and is due in court on August 1.

Police say Gallant and the officer both sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention.

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