Man faces charges of DUI, reckless driving

MERIDEN — A Wall-ingford man faces charges of DUI and reckless driving after he crashed his car on an entrance ramp to Interstate 91 early Friday.

Steven Vincent, 21, was charged with driving under the influence, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving over 85 miles an hour, and failing to obey a stop sign.

According to police reports, a state trooper was conducting enforcement between exit 15 and 16 on I-91 northbound on Friday at about 1:50 a.m. The trooper used a radar gun to determine that Vincent’s car was traveling 97 miles per hour, police said. The car eventually pulled off the highway at exit 16. The car continued to drive over the speed limit on Preston Avenue, then on Bee Street. The trooper stopped pursuit because of the high rate of speed in a residential neighborhood. The trooper was reporting the incident when he saw the car had crashed head-on into a metal guard rail on an entrance ramp to I-91 north.

Meriden police arrived on the scene. The driver, identified as Vincent, was placed into custody and officers conducted field sobriety tests after Vincent told officers he had been drinking beer, the report said. Vincent failed the field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of .18, more than double the legal limit of .08. Vincent was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday and bond was set for $1,500. He is due back in court on April 24.



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