Meriden man charged with DUI after fleeing Wallingford accident with Chihuahua.

Meriden man charged with DUI after fleeing Wallingford accident with Chihuahua.



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WALLINGFORD — A Meriden man faces a DUI charge after police said he rear-ended another car, then ran away carrying his Chihuahua.

Jonathan Quinones, 21, of 1055 Old Colony Rd., Meriden, was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated, evading responsibility, driving too close, failure to maintain insurance, misuse of marker plate, and operating a vehicle without a license. 

The incident began when an officer came upon a two-car collision on South Colony Road (Route 5), near its intersection with  Center Street, said Capt. Richard Homestead. Both vehicles, a 2016 Jeep Renegade and a Nissan Altima, were in the parking lot of 11 S. Colony Road. 

Quinones, the driver of the Altima, fled the scene on foot with his dog and was caught by police about a mile away, Homestead said. 

Both vehicles had moderate to heavy damage. An investigation showed that Carmelisa Pestana was driving north on South Colony Road when she was struck from behind by Quinones, Homestead said. Pestana and a passenger in her vehicle were both taken to MidState Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

  Quinones was released on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 27. 


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