EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An alleged drunk driver collided with a state trooper in a wrong-way crash on I-84 Sunday morning.
Around 4:49 a.m., an on-duty trooper was traveling on I-84 westbound in the area of Exit 58 when he saw a Chevrolet Malibu traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The trooper attempted to stop the wrong-way driver while initiating his emergency lights and sirens but was then struck by the Chevrolet Malibu.
The crash caused damage to both vehicles, striking the left corner of the trooper’s assigned cruiser, state police said.
The trooper was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and was released.
Police said the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, 36-year-old Dennis Bessey, failed a sobriety test.
Bessey was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless endangerment, and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. He was released on a $50,000 surety bond and is due in court Monday.