Danbury Driver Distracted With GPS Hits Trooper Cruiser: Police

A Danbury driver, who was distracted by his GPS, was arrested on Wednesday for hitting a police cruiser and sending the trooper to the hospital in January, Connecticut State Police said. 

State police said on Jan. 23, they were responding to an unrelated motor vehicle accident on Route 7 north near exit 12 in Brookfield at 8:19 p.m.

Trooper First Class Karen Nixon arrived at Route 7 in her marked cruiser, with emergency lights activated, and parked her police vehicle in the left lane a distance away from the crash to provide additional protection to the scene.

While troopers investigated the area and the tow truck operator hooked up the damaged vehicle, Brian Glasser continued driving in the left lane at a high rate of speed.

Glasser collided with Nixon's cruiser rear end and pushed the car 70 feet forward, police said.

Nixon was transported to Danbury hospital, while Glasser complained about minor injuries but declined medical attention at the scene, according to troopers.

The 38-year-old Danbury man said he was distracted as he looked for an address on his GPS and did not see the cruiser protecting the left lane of Route 7, Connecticut State Police said. 

An arrest warrant was obtained for Glasser and he turned himself in on Wednesday as a result of the January crash. 

Glasser is accused of following too closely, distracted driving, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and assault. He was released on bond.

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