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Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was fired Monday after she crashed her city-issued vehicle into another car on Saturday. Moniz-Carroll was charged with DUI.
A former Hartford public works employee accused of crashing in her city car while reportedly driving drunk is due back in court next month.
Rhonda Moniz-Carroll's case was in court on Friday and has been continued until Oct. 30.
She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to travel in the proper lane after colliding with another vehicle Saturday night.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra fired Carroll on Monday.
Police said that Carroll's city vehicle, a white Ford Escape, was heading southbound on Prospect Avenue when it drifted into the wrong lane, hitting a dark-colored Nissan Altima head on at around 9:30 p.m.
The female driver of the Altima, identified by her family as Caitlyn Greenabum, was unconscious when emergency crews arrived.
First responders had to extricate the driver from her vehicle. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of bumps, bruises, scrapes and several lacerations.
Carroll refused medical treatment.
When police arrested her, she asked the arresting officer if he knew who she is, according to the police documents.
"Are you serious? You're going to arrest me? Do you know who I am?" she said to the officer.
The police officer said he was just doing his job.
"Does Chief Long know you are doing your job and arresting me," Carroll asked, according to police documents.
When police told Carroll she could contact a lawyer and gave her a phone book, she said her husband is a lawyer, but did not know his number, according to police.
"This is ridiculous, I can't believe you are doing this. Do you know who I am?" she asked again.
Segarra said in a statement after the arrest.
"Ms. Carroll has worked for the City of Hartford for many years and her dedication and hard work is appreciated. Her recent behavior, however, shows a lack of judgment incompatible with her job and my expectations for any employee of the City," he said.
Accident investigators were on scene to determine exactly what happened. No other passengers were in either car, said police.
Carroll, who worked for Hartford since 1997, was earning $101,833.16 per year, according to Mayor Segarra.
In July, the Mayor’s former Chief of Staff, Jared Kupiec, was arrested for using his old city vehicle without permission after he resigned.
Last month, Andrew T. Jaffee, the director of emergency services for the city of Hartford, who was fired over several problems with how 911 dispatched emergency officials in the city, was also questioned for his use of his city vehicle.