FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Fairfield woman was arrested on an impaired driving charge last week after hitting a vehicle while traveling north on Stratfield Road, setting off a chain of events that caused a three-car collision on July 20, police said.
A 2015 Black Chevy Silverado pickup truck driven by Dianne A Hart-Damato of 165 Lounsbury Road collided with a 2014 Chevy Black Equinox, police said. The impact from that collision sent the Equinox into a 2013 Mercedes GL 350, police said.
Hart-Damato was arrested in connection with the accident Aug. 7 and charged with failure to wear a seat belt, operation while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and following too close, police said.
Her vehicle had damage to the front end and passenger side door, police said, while the Equinox had heavy rear end damage. The Mercedes had minor damage and was in drivable condition, police said.
Officers had to extricate Hart-Damato from her car, which had rolled back 85 feet from the scene of the collision, police said. She was unconscious and sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport for care, police said.
The driver of the Equinox complained of back pain and was sent to Bridgeport Hospital, police said.
The driver of the Mercedes was not injured, police said.
Upon investigation, officers found two empty water bottles on the driver’s side of Hart-Damato's car and one on the passenger side, police said. The bottles smelled of alcohol, police said.
Police said Hart-Damato’s bond was set at $150. Her court date is scheduled for Aug. 18, police said.
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