Woman Under the Influence Hit Pedestrian, Cruiser: Cops

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    Police said this is the damage caused in the crash.

    Hamden police have arrested a woman accused of driving under the influence and hitting a pedestrian, as well as a police cruiser.

    Hamden Police Officer Stephen Phipps was assisting the driver of a disabled car near Whitney Avenue and Ives Street around 1 a.m. on Sunday when the crash happened.

    The police vehicle lights were activated when Carol Brignola, 53, of Bethany, was driving north on Whitney Avenue and hit the back of it, police said.

    Officer Phipps and the driver of the disabled vehicle, Robert Gibson, 46, of Hamden, were standing nearby and the impact of the crash forced the police vehicle forward, striking Gibson, his vehicle and a Wheeler’s tow truck.

    Gibson was treated at the scene for a leg injury and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Police conducted a field sobriety check on Brignola, which she failed, police said.

    She was arrested, transported to Hamden Police Headquarters and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

    Brignola was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, detained on a $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on February 27.

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