Drunk driver arrested after crashing into police cruiser in Beacon Falls

(Image: Connecticut State Police)
(Image: Connecticut State Police)

BEACON FALLS, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut State Trooper was injured Sunday afternoon when a drunk driver struck his cruiser while he was pulled over on Route 8 in Beacon Falls.

According to Connecticut State Police, Trooper Troy Biggs was conducting a stop on Route 8, just south of the exit 24 northbound on-ramp on the town line between Seymour and Beacon Falls, when 52-year-old Jeffrey Stella struck his cruiser.

Around 4:20 p.m., troopers say that Biggs had flagged a violator who stopped in the left lane, “causing a extremely hazardous safety issue.” The trooper stopped traffic to allow the violator to move to the other side, at which point police say Stella “failed to react to the warning lights,” striking the cruiser from behind.

(Image: Connecticut State Police)
(Image: Connecticut State Police)

Stella was driving a Ford F150 registered to JKT Septic & Excavation in Southbury, where Stella lives. Police say Trooper Biggs was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for minor injuries.

Stella was arrested and charged with DUI, among four other traffic violations. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby in December 2.

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