Man charged with DUI after striking officer’s off-duty vehicle in Fairfield

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A man is facing charges after officials said his vehicle struck an officer’s off-duty vehicle in Fairfield.

According to police, around 10:55 p.m. on Jan. 20th, units learned that an officer was involved in a serious collision on Kings Highway Cutoff near New England Avenue.

Authorities learned that the driver of the other vehicle, who was later identified as 49-year-old James Crowther of Bridgeport, was traveling the wrong way when he collided into the officer’s off-duty vehicle.

Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Two days later, a judge signed a search warrant for blood and urine samples and medical records of Crowther. Police said these revealed that Crowther had a blood alcohol concentration of .29 and a positive presence of Benzodiazepines when the collision took place.

On Wednesday, Crowther turned himself in and was charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to obtain a Connecticut driver’s license after thirty days of residing within the state.

He was held on a $25,000 court-set bond and will appear in court on Feb. 19th.

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