Former Meriden mayoral candidate charged with DUI

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Elain Cariati, a former Meriden mayoral candidate and current member of Meriden’s Planning Commission, was arrested Thanksgiving weekend in Wallingford on charges of drunk driving.

Cariati did not respond to a request for comment.

According to a police report, she was pulled over by Wallingford police near 980 N. Colony Road after running a red light around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. She was the lone occupant of a white Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle. According to the report, Cariati failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

A breathalyzer test at the Wallingford Police Department more than two hours later indicated blood alcohol content of 0.1203, according to the report. The legal limit in Connecticut is 0.08.

She was released on a written promise to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 10.

She has no previous convictions, according to Connecticut judicial records.

Cariati was the Republican challenger for mayor in the Nov. 2 Meriden election, losing to incumbent Mayor Kevin Scarpati. She currently serves as secretary of the Planning Commission, with her term scheduled to expire Jan. 31, 2024.



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