MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Meriden city manager was allegedly drunk when he was driving the wrong way and crashed early Wednesday morning on Route 2 in East Hartford, according to state police.

Timothy Coon, 63, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive in a proper lane and driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

Troopers received a 911 call around 1:50 a.m. about a driver, later identified by authorities as Coon, going the wrong way on Route 3 South in Wethersfield, heading toward Glastonbury and East Hartford. As they were responding, Coon entered the Route 2 5D off-ramp, lost control and crashed along the East Hartford/Glastonbury line, state police said.

Coon was taken into custody after field sobriety tests were not performed to standard, according to state police. He was not injured in the crash.

Timothy Coon (Credit: Connecticut State Police)

Following his arrest, Coon released the following statement:

“I want to apologize to everyone in Meriden for my actions. I have let all of you down. I have received strong support from the City Council and others throughout the city. And for that, I am truly thankful. I am not resigning nor has the City Council asked for my resignation. I am seeking assistance from the City’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in dealing with the root cause and the aftermath of this incident. Again, I truly apologize.”

Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati released a joint statement with the City Council Leadership and the City’s Legal Department:

“On Wednesday morning, City Manager Coon notified City leadership of his arrest. Mr. Coon and city leadership have mutually agreed that he will take time away from City Hall to focus on his health and address the incident. During his absence, Fire Chief Ken Morgan will serve as Acting City Manager. The City Council is taking this time to gather pertinent information to address this matter during the next scheduled Council meeting, next Monday, May 1.”