Police: North Haven man charged with DUI was almost three times the legal limit

Police: North Haven man charged with DUI was almost three times the legal limit

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NORTH HAVEN — A town man faces charges after police said he had a blood alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit when he struck five vehicles in late 2018.

Salvatore Vanacore, 43, of 3 Jones Farm Circle, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence, evading responsibility, failure to drive in the proper lane, operation under suspension, operation without minimum insurance. 

Vanacore was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. The judge set bond at $5,000 and continued the case to Feb. 13. 

The charges stem from a Dec. 3, 2018 incident involving two reported late-night collisions involving Vanacore. One occurred at State Street and Clintonville Road,  according to Vanacore’s arrest warrant. A driver at the scene reported that he was struck from behind by a gray sedan traveling at a high rate of speed with its headlights off. His vehicle was pushed in to the car in front of him. Both drivers reported injuries and were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, the report said.      

On Upper State Street police found a gray Nissan Altima being driven by Vanacore on top of a parked vehicle in the driveway of a home, the warrant said. Two other vehicles in the driveway were damaged. Vanacore, who was staggering in the driveway, had injuries to his neck, head and hands and was taken to the hospital for treatment, the warrant said. 

Vanacore told police a deer ran in front of his car and he went off the road to avoid hitting it, the warrant said.  

Blood test results showed Vanacore’s blood alcohol content was .23, almost three times the legal limit of .08.

Police obtained the blood alcohol level results on Feb. 8, 2019. Police submitted the arrest warrant on May 17, 2019 and the warrant was signed by a judge on July 24, 2019.

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