MERIDEN — A North Haven man faces charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence after police said he drove the wrong-way on eastbound Interstate 691 last year and struck a tractor-trailer. A woman in his car died as a result of the crash, police said.
Georgios Kattis, 37, of 18 Chapman Court, North Haven, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a highway, failure to wear seatbelt and failure to display lights.
On May 29, 2018, police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-691 by exit 5, according to the arrest warrant. Police found a heavily damaged Nissan with Kattis sitting in the driver’s seat, conscious and alert. He complained of pain and got out to lay on the ground, the warrant said.
An unresponsive woman in the passenger seat had a major head injury, the warrant said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the warrant stated. The medical examiner listed her cause of death as blunt impact injury of the torso and extremities. The manner of death was listed as an accident.
The driver of the other vehicle, a tractor-trailer, told police after he passed the exit 5 off-ramp he saw a vehicle on the right shoulder of the road driving the wrong way without its lights on, the warrant said. The truck driver tried to move left to avoid a collision but the car struck the passenger side of his truck, the warrant said.
Police spoke with an employee at Mystique Gentleman’s Club, 44 Poplar St. in Stamford, according to the warrant. The employee told police he remembered Kattis and the woman coming to the club the night of the incident. He said Kattis appeared already intoxicated, the warrant said.
When the employee was leaving work around 1:50 a.m. he saw the woman standing next to a car on the road and went to help. Kattis was passed out behind the wheel of the car and they could not wake him up right away, the warrant said. Once Kattis woke up, the employee offered to call a taxi or ride-share car, but Kattis and the woman declined, the warrant said.
Police obtained Kattis’ medical records from his treatment at the hospital. The records showed he had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 and also had methadone and morphine in his blood at the time. Kattis told police he drank three alcoholic beverages an hour before the crash, the warrant said.
Kattis was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, he has no criminal record and turned himself in on the active warrant. The judge set bond at $50,000 and continued the case to June 20. The judge ordered that if Kattis posts bond he is required to wear a GPS unit and not drive unless he is properly licensed and insured.