Fairfield Woman Charged In Two Hit-And-Run Accidents

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Fairfield resident Jessica Rodrigues was charged with two counts of evading responsibility, driving under the influence, two counts of driving without a license among other charges after two hit-and-run accidents Saturday. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Fairfield woman was charged with two counts of evading and driving under the influence after she was involved in two hit-and-run accidents shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

According to the police, Jessica Rodrigues, 34, had been traveling north on Black Rock Turnpike in a Mazda Miada convertible and failed to stop for traffic, rear-ending a car by Samp Mortar Drive. She then fled the area, continuing north, police said.

A short distance later near Tahmore Drive, Rodrigues attempted to pass another car but side-swiped it and caused her car to spin out, police said. The car went up on to the yard, creating 50 feet of tire tracks before she hit two trees and came to a rest 20 feet away in the yard, police said. The car's front bumper was left at the scene, police said. 

The driver of the second car told police that she saw Rodrigues hanging out the driver's side window before straightening herself and driving off.

Police found Rodrigues at a home on Papurah Road, where the Miada was registered. 

Rodrigues told police that she had been drinking vodka and had taken several pills before driving. She was asked to perform the three standard field sobriety tests but was unable to complete them, police said. 

She was taken into custody and refused to take a breath and urine test, police said. During the DUI testing, officers noticed a bump on her head that appeared to be swelling, she then became dizzy and was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for evaluation, police said.

Rodrigues was charged with two counts of evading responsibility, driving under the influence, two counts of driving with out a license, failure to drive right, two counts of failure to have insurance, following too closely and passing in a no passing zone. She was released to Bridgeport Hospital and given a court date of Jan. 7. 

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