Meriden police: Man charged with DUI had child, pistol in car

Meriden police: Man charged with DUI had child, pistol in car



MERIDEN — A New Haven man faces charges after police said he drove the wrong way on Perkins Square while under the influence with a child and pistol in the car.

Wilfredo Rodriguez, 52, of 188 Grand Ave., was charged Sunday with driving under the influence, driving the wrong way, risk of injury to a minor, carrying a firearm while under the influence, driving a vehicle with a passenger under 18 while under the influence. 

Police stopped a vehicle driving the wrong way on Perkins Square around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and identified the driver as Rodriguez, according to police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. Rodriguez’s 6-year-old daughter was in the backseat and was not properly secured. Police also found a firearm in the vehicle, McKay said.

He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $2,500 and he is due back in court on Sept. 14.

– Lauren Sellew  


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