Hamden Teen Facing Drunk Driving Charges

Allegedly struck two cars on Whitney Avenue shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.


A Hamden teen was arrested Wednesday morning on drunk driving charges after he allegedly hit two cars on Whitney Avenue.

Hamden Police got a report of a rollover on Whitney Avenue near Brooksvale Avenue just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

Officers found that the 17-year-old boy, who was driving a Ford northbound on Whitney, crossed the center line and hit a Nissan that was heading south, Smith said. The Nissan rolled onto its side, Smith said, and the driver -- a 28-year-old Milford resident -- was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After hitting the Nissan, the teen then hit head-on another car, Smith said, driven by a 44-year-old Hamden woman. Both she and her passenger, a 15-year-old, also were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Smith said.

The Hamden teen, whose identity was not released because of his age, also was taken to the hospital, and his injuries also were not life threatening. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to drive right. 

He is due to appear in Meriden Superior Court May 4.

Ann Criscuolo Pari April 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
wow - drunk at 8 am - where are this kid's parents????
Don Charles April 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM
How right you are. What is needed Ann is the publishing of the family name so that they will know that all residents know what they are raising in their family. This not publishing juvenile's names is stupid and just continues the stupidity of these young people. EMBARRASSMENT is needed..
John P. Flanagan April 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Pretty much if anyone is drunk at 8 AM, what's needed, about 95% of the time, is a 28 day rehab program and AA meetings. That's plus, in this case,. whatever else the Court decides. And, if it's alcoholism, it's a disease that needs treatment. But, I agree with Ann, where were his parents? Besides responsibility, sounds like they may need help too! Oh, and Don, just because you, like many in Hamden, have a gossip's interest doesn't mean a youngster, who's made a mistake, needs to carry a blot forever. The days of Hester Prinn and the Scarlet Letter are long gone. However, whenever I see remarks like yours, I do always remember that the world is, generally, divided into the righteous, the un-righteous and the self-righteous. And, the self-righteous always try to do the dividing. Looks like you've found your group! Even Jesus said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Ellen Nosel April 22, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Driving is a privilege not a right, and this teen has lost that right. He should lose his license until he is at least 21. Drunk driving is bad enough by someone who is allowed to drink but by someone who is underage there should be zero tolerance and serious consequences. I shudder to think what this kid will be doing when he is 27. John, I agree that people make mistakes, but this is more than just a temporary lapse in teenage judgement. This kid is lucky he didn't kill someone. Next time, he may very well do so. He shouldn't be allowed to drive, period, until he is at least 21.
Ann Criscuolo Pari April 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I agree with John and Ellen. Alcoholism is a disease..so is parental indifference and neglect. Driving is a privilege. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol by a minor should result in a suspension of a driving license until the person is at least 21 and can prove they have completed classes and joined AA and attended meetings. Everyone can make a mistake, but doing nothing to help this youngster is a bigger mistake. But for the grace of God, I could have been one of the cars this teen hit as I travel that route to work every day and was just minutes behind the accident.


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