State Police Trooper Injured After Getting Struck by Wrong-Way Driver in Cromwell

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A Connecticut State Police trooper is injured after his police car was struck by a wrong-way driver in Cromwell early Saturday morning.

Troopers said they received reports of a wrong-way vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 9 near exit 19 in Cromwell around 4 a.m.

A trooper responded to the area and saw the wrong-way vehicle traveling at him at a high rate of speed, state police said. The trooper positioned his vehicle towards the center of the highway with his emergency lights activated in an attempt to slow or stop the wrong-way vehicle.

According to investigators, the wrong-way vehicle struck the front driver's side of a state police car and the trooper inside the car was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was given standardized field sobriety tests during the investigation, which they said were not performed to standard.

The driver was taken into custody and is facing charges including reckless driving, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and reckless endangerment. His bond has been set at $5,000 and he is due in court on May 6.

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