Waterbury Police Officer Arrested on New Weapon Charge After Off-Duty Crash

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A Waterbury police lieutenant turned himself in to police Thursday after learning of a new weapon charge against him in connection with an accident last year.

The police department said 55-year-old David Balnis, of Waterbury, was arrested on an additional arrest warrant related to an accident that happened on Oct. 30, 2022.

Balnis was driving a pickup on Highland Avenue in Waterbury just after 1 a.m. when he veered off the road and sideswiped a parked vehicle, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Balnis was off duty at the time of the crash.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending an Internal Affairs investigation, police said.

Balnis faces a new charge for carrying a firearm under the influence of intoxicating liquor, authorities said. The new charge came about after an investigation conducted by the Waterbury State's Attorney's Office.

He posted a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.

In November, he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. He posted a $5,000 bond.

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