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Case of State Trooper Charged with DWI Continued

The case of a state trooper charged with drunken driving and crashing on Route 140 in Ellington has been continued.

Christopher Powers, 42, is suspended of his police powers pending an internal investigation after crashing on Aug. 15 and failing sobriety tests, according to state police. He is due in court again on Oct. 7.

State police say that Powers was driving his state police car west on Route 140/Sandy Beach Road on at 7:40 p.m. Friday when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a car traveling in the east bound lane. Powers’s car flipped over and came to a rest on its roof. Powers was transported to Rockville General Hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

A passenger in the second car, Deborah Walker, 49, of Jacobs Hill Road in Ellington, was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She was later released. The driver of the second vehicle, John Haley, 49, of Andover Road in East Hartford, was not injured.

Powers, a veteran trooper, was not on duty at the time of the accident. His police powers have been suspended and he is on administrative duty with no contact with the public. He is charged with a DWI and failure to drive right. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is expected to appear in court on 8/25/14.

Route 140/Sandy Beach Road was closed at Jacobs Jill Road for several hours following the crash.