DUI Patrol Ride-along

Connecticut State Trooper 1st Class Joe Miller administers a field sobriety test to a driver stopped in the southbound lane of I-395 in Montville early last Saturday. The driver failed the test and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to drive in the established lane.
Connecticut State Trooper 1st Class Joe Miller administers a field sobriety test to a driver stopped in the southbound lane of I-395 in Montville early last Saturday. The driver failed the test and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to drive in the established lane.

Last weekend, I spent an eight-hour shift riding with the Connecticut State Police on one of their DUI enforcement patrols. There have been several DUI-related accidents in the news recently in the area of routes 2A and 395 in Montville. We originally conceived this as a video project, but had to scrap that plan and go with photos only . It turned out to be not a bad thing, as the dark lighting conditions and the highway setting would have made shooting good video very difficult.

Read Mike Naughton’s story here.

Connecticut State Police Sgt. Wilfred Blanchette III aims his laser toward oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes of Route 2A in Montville during a DUI enforcement patrol last Saturday.
Connecticut State Police Sgt. Wilfred Blanchette III aims his laser toward oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes of Route 2A in Montville during a DUI enforcement patrol last Saturday.
Connecticut State Police Trooper 1st Class John Patterson, partially obscured, and Sgt. Wilfred Blanchette III arrest a driver who failed a field sobriety test on the ramp between Route 2A west and Interstate 395 south in Montville early Sunday. State police have increased patrols in the area after a series of recent fatal crashes that took three lives.
Connecticut State Police Trooper 1st Class John Patterson, partially obscured, and Sgt. Wilfred Blanchette III arrest a driver who failed a field sobriety test on the ramp between Route 2A west and Interstate 395 south in Montville early Sunday. State police have increased patrols in the area after a series of recent fatal crashes that took three lives.
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