Drunken-Driver Hit Cruiser: Cops

A Branford police officer was injured when a 20-year-old intoxicated woman struck his cruiser on Monday night, police said.

Sergeant Philip Ramey was working at a drunken driving checkpoint on Commercial Parkway just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday when he stopped Crystal Carreras, 20, of Branford, and her vehicle backed into Ramey’s police cruiser, police said.

Police said they determined that Carreras was driving drunk and arrested her for operating while under the influence of alcohol, under 21.

“Sergeant Ramey’s DUI efforts and the injury he sustained in this crash remind us of the dangers that intoxicated drivers pose to our society and the need for police to actively remove them,” Chief Halloran said in a news release.

Ramey was eventually transported to an area medical facility, where he was treated and later released for minor injuries to his back.

Carreras was released after she posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Court on Sept. 11.


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