WALLINGFORD — A local man pleaded guilty to a second-offender DUI charge in connection with a motor vehicle accident in 2016.
Robert Peterson, 63, of 44 S. Cherry St., was charged on Sept. 27, 2018 and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, operating under the influence, driving too close and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, Peterson pleaded guilty to driving under the influence as a second offender. The prosecutor noted Peterson was previously convicted of driving under the influence in a seperate incident. The case was continued to May 20 for sentencing.
Wallingford police responded to a crash around 7:44 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016, at the intersection of Route 5 and Quinnipiac Street, according to Sgt. James Cifarelli. No injuries were reported. A Ford Focus was traveling north on Route 5 when it was struck from behind by a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Peterson.
After further investigation, police determined Peterson was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officer Lou Brangi and police dog Tate searched Peterson’s car and found 13 small bags of crack cocaine and other prescription medications, Cifarelli noted.