Impaired Wrong-Way Driver Hit Fairfield Police Officer Heading to Work: Police

A Bridgeport man has been arrested, accused of driving under the influence and hitting a Fairfield police officer who was on his way to work last month. 

Police said 59-year-old James Crowther, of Bridgeport, was on medication and his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way on the Kings Highway Cutoff hit a police officer on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

Police said dispatchers started getting calls at 10:53 p.m. reporting that a Fairfield Police Officer had just been involved in a serious crash while he was heading to work. 

According to police, Crowther was going east in the westbound lane of Kings Highway Cutoff when he hit the front end of the officer’s off-duty vehicle. 

Crowther and the officer were transported to the hospital. The police officer, who has more than 15 years of service, is still out of work, according to police.

On Jan. 22, a judge signed a search warrant for Crowther’s blood and urine samples and medical records, which police said showed Crowther had a blood alcohol content .29, which is more than three times the legal limit. Records also showed the presence of benzodiazepines at the time of the collision, according to police. 

Crowther turned himself in on Wednesday and was charged with driving under the influence, failure to obtain a Connecticut driver license after 30 days of residing within the state and driving on the wrong side of the road. 

He is due in court on Feb. 19.  

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