DUI Suspect's Wife Arrives Drunk at Police Station: Cops

Parents charged with DUI just hours apart.

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013  |  Updated 6:44 AM EDT
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DUI Suspect's Wife Arrives Drunk at Police Station: Cops

Hamden Police

Edwin Velez III was charged with DUI after a crash in Hamden. His wife, April Cassidy Velez, was charged with DUI after she appeared intoxicated when she showed up at the police department to pick up her husband, police said. Police did not release a photo of April Cassidy Velez.

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Hamden police charged a mother and father with drunk driving just hours apart from each other.

According to police, April Cassidy Velez, 32, drove to Hamden Police Headquarters Saturday to bail out her husband after his DUI arrest earlier that day. Cassidy Velez appeared intoxicated and was arrested, police said.

Officers found April Velez's pickup truck parked in a snow bank in an area of the parking lot marked "Police Vehicles Only." They found an empty wine bottle and empty beer cans in the truck as well as a full six-pack of beer resting in the snow in the bed of the pickup, police said.

April Velez's husband, Edwin Velez III, 33, was charged with drunk driving around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after police located his car crashed into a snow bank on Pine Rock Avenue. The car was empty with the engine running. Officers located Velez at his Pine Rock Avenue home a short distance away and arrested him after he failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Edwin Velez, who had his wife and 5-year-old daughter in the car with him at the time of the crash, was nearly three times the legal limit.

Edwin Velez is charged with driving while intoxicated and risk of injury to a minor. April Velez is charged with driving while intoxicated. Both were released and scheduled to appear in court Feb. 22.

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