Warrant charges Meriden woman with DUI after flipping car in Southington earlier this year

Warrant charges Meriden woman with DUI after flipping car in Southington earlier this year


SOUTHINGTON — A Meriden woman faces charges after she was seriously injured in a crash in Southington in May.

Vanessa Volpe, 31, of 78 Robin Hill Road, was charged by warrant Thursday with driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper lane, traffic control signal, operation under suspension and speeding over 70 miles an hour.

About 2 a.m. on May 21, police responded to the area of Meriden Avenue by Savage Street for a report of a rollover crash. Officers found Volpe, the driver, partially ejected and trapped beneath the vehicle.

She was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Police determined Volpe was driving east on Savage Street, went through a red light at the Meriden Avenue intersection at a high rate of speed and struck a grass hill after veering off the road, the warrant said.

The vehicle continued through a yard and struck another hill about 40 feet from a house before flipping onto the driver’s side.

Police learned Volpe was on a bus trip to a casino prior to the crash, according to her arrest warrant.

The bus returned to Back Nine Tavern on Savage Street about 1 a.m..

A Meriden police detective on the casino trip told investigating officers he saw Volpe drinking alcohol during the trip.

Volpe told police she didn’t recall drinking or taking prescription medication the night of the crash, the warrant said.

Police determined she was driving 78 miles per hour just prior to the crash.

Police said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.28, the warrant said. The legal limit is 0.08.

Police also found Volpe’s license was suspended on March 17. She also had two DUI convictions from 2010 and 2011.

In January, she was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer, operating under suspension, interfering with an officer, and failure to comply with fingerprints.

The incident occurred on Jan. 27 on Interstate 691 eastbound, according to state police. A trooper on patrol saw a vehicle traveling about 90 miles per hour and tailgating another vehicle, state police said.

The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled on the highway.

Police went to the address of the registered owner, identified as Volpe, and she was taken into custody, the report said.

Volpe was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, in addition to the two convictions and the pending DUI case, Volpe was also charged with DUI in Florida in 2010.

The prosecutor said he will be charging Volpe as a persistent offender, which increases the charges to a felony.

Attorney Anthony Pignatiello represents Volpe and said she is a paralegal and a single mother of a young child.

The judge set bond at $30,000 and ordered Volpe not to drive unless she is properly licensed, only to drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device, and not to consume alcohol within 12 hours of driving.

The judge transferred the case to New Britain Superior Court for Nov. 16. Volpe posted bond and was released.

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