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Driver Who Crashed Into Fairfield Police Vehicle Charged With DUI

James Crowther
James Crowther Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

A 50-year-old man has been arrested by Fairfield Police for driving under the influence of drugs and other charges in connection with a wrong-way crash with a police vehicle.

James Crowther of Bridgeport was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 6, in connection with the Sunday, Jan. 20, crash, said Capt. Robert Kalamaras.

When the incident occurred around 10:53 p.m., the Fairfield Police Dispatch Center began receiving radio transmissions that a Fairfield police officer was just involved in a serious motor vehicle collision on Kings Highway cutoff near New England Avenue while he was on his way to work, said Kalamaras.

According to police, Crowther was traveling the wrong way heading eastbound in the westbound lane of Kings Highway when it collided into the front end of the officer's off-duty vehicle which was traveling westbound on the roadway.

At the scene, Crowther allegedly showed signs of intoxication, but both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, Kalamaras said.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, a judge signed a search warrant for blood and urine samples and medical records of Crowther. The medical records revealed a blood-alcohol level of .29 and a positive presence of benzodiazepines at the time of the collision, the captain said.

Crowther was charged with DUI/Drugs, failure to obtain a Connecticut driver's license after 30 days, and driving on the wrong side of the road.

He was held on $25,000 court set bond and given a court date of Feb. 19.

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