March 23, 2011, Hartford, CT – A Connecticut police trooper faces drunk driving charges in connection with a DUI accident that occurred in February, Courant.com has reported.
According to published reports, 47-year-old Timothy Kradas, a lieutenant, had been suspended indefinitely after he apparently lost control of his patrol car and collided with a box truck while he was driving on Interstate 84.
On March 9, Kradas turned himself in at Troop H headquarters in Hartford, according to police. He was released on $2,500 bail and has a court appearance scheduled for March 28 in Manchester.
The state trooper’s arrest involves a DUI accident reported on February 2. Kradas was working that day, police said, when he was traveling east on I-84. His cruiser crashed into the box truck close to exit 59 and he suffered multiple injuries so severe he had to undergo surgery at Hartford Hospital.
Police who responded to the scene found empty beer cans littering the cruiser as well as a container with tomato juice and alcohol, sources said.
Kradas has been charged with driving under the influence, following too closely, littering, and not wearing a seatbelt.
The box truck driver, 61-year-old Lambert Williams of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was not injured and has not been charged in connection with the DUI accident.
According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 223 fatalities in 2009 because of traffic accidents in Connecticut.
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