FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Police have made an arrest in connection with a 5-year-old accident caused by a suspected drunken driver, according to police reports.
Police said the collision occurred Nov. 7, 2007. A man was driving east on Villa Avenue, police reports said, when he failed to navigate a curve and slid to the left, sliding about 100 feet into the curb. The car went airborne for about 8 feet before hitting a utility pole, wrapping the driver’s side door around the pole. Accident investigators have calculated that the car was going at least 74 mph at the time, police said.
The driver needed to be pulled out of the car with extraction tools. During the rescue, the responding officer reported smelling the odor of alcohol on the man’s breath, and that he was slurring his speech, according to police reports. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital at the time for treatment.
Fairfield Police filed an arrest warrant for the driver, Brian Albelaez, now 28, of Naugatuck. He was turned over to Fairfield’s officers Tuesday by Bridgeport Police, who had arrested him in connection with another incident, according to police reports.
Albelaez was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and failure to drive on the right. He was released after posting $2,500 bond and is due in court Sept. 12.