Daily Blotter: June 4

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Man Takes "Drive-Thru" Literally

A new driver ended up inside a Taco Bell in Manchester without intending to. The driver stepped on the gas instead of hitting the brake outside of the fast food restaurant on Pleasant Valley Road Wednesday night, police said. The driver, who recently got his license, was not arrested. No one was injured. Significant damage was done to the building, but the drive-thru is still open.

Destination: Prison

A Norwich man has been sentenced to three months in prison for embezzling more than $133,000 from the state tourism agency.  Richard Cardone, 64, was sentenced Wednesday under a plea agreement.  He had pleaded guilty to one count of larceny.  Cardone was supposed to provide brochures and information to people visiting the Web site for the state Commission on Culture and Tourism, but stole money instead, according to police. Cardone is accused of taking money between 2002 and 2007 from a state-funded account maintained at the Colchester Post Office.

Man Busted in Coke Sting

A New York City man is being held after Connecticut state police found nearly nine pounds of cocaine in his car, police said. Andy Regaldo, 36, of the Bronx is being held on $750,000 bond on drug charges after being pulled over in Trumbull, Tuesday night.  Regaldo was pulled over for a motor vehicle violation on Route 8 and a search of his car turned up the cocaine, according to state troopers. The seized drugs are reportedly worth about $250,000 on the street.

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