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Police: Man charged with DUI struck parked car, tree in Meriden

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MERIDEN — A man faces DUI charges after police said he struck a parked car and a tree on Sunday. 

Brian Ludington, 29, of 35 Welsch Farms Rd., Killingworth, was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while under the influence, evading responsibility and second-degree reckless endangerment. 

Police responded to the area of 596 Gracey Ave. around 11:39 p.m. for a report of an evading motor vehicle accident. Officers found a gray Volkswagen that appeared to have been struck on the rear driver’s side, the report said. The vehicle had significant, disabling damage and was on a sidewalk, over a six-inch high curb, the report noted. 

Police noted there were fluid marks on the road and tracked those marks about .3 miles to the area of 494 Gracey Ave., the report noted. Witnesses told police a dark colored sedan struck the Volkswagen, then made a u-turn and fled at a high speed, the report stated. 

Officers found a black Honda Accord that struck a tree at 494 Gracey Ave. and noted it was unoccupied but both front airbags were deployed, there was broken glass and a beer can by the car, the report noted. A man, identified as Ludington, and a woman walked up to police while they were investigating the crash. 

Ludington told police “I messed up, I was coming around the corner and I lost it,” the report stated. Police noted Ludington is the registered owner of the Honda and officers observed that he was slurring his words and was swaying back and forth. Ludington failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. At the police station Ludington declined to take a breath test, asking for an attorney, the report said. He was released on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on May 17. 

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