April 17, 2014

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Suspected drunken driver not charged after accident

WELLINGTON – The suspect who allegedly rammed a vehicle after a night of drinking was not charged for the incident, and Wellington police Chief Steve Rollins said it is unknown if he will be charged.

Rollins said village Prosecutor Donald Zaleski would not approve aggravated vehicular assault charges because the alleged victims were not severely injured, and the man could not be positively identified as the driver of the vehicle.

Rollins said the suspect may face lesser charges, however, because the suspect was allegedly driving without a license.

Police were called at 2:47 a.m. Oct. 3 after a car full of teenagers and young adults, from ages 17 to 20, reported that they had been chased and struck by a vehicle that rear-ended them on Hale Street. The vehicle was registered to a female driver, but the group told police that a man that they met at a bar earlier had chased them and intentionally rammed the back end of the vehicle, according to a police report.

The five alleged victims told police that they were at Mosey Inn shooting pool when the suspect began flirting with one of the girls. The suspect then fought the father of one of the girls during a confrontation, and the suspect lost a tooth when he allegedly bit the man.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, police received a call from an anonymous person who gave police the name of the suspect. The suspect was positively identified by two of the alleged victims, according to the report.

Rollins said, despite the positive identification, the victims were unable to prove that the man who followed them was the one who hit their vehicle.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

  • Tamra Tury

    Ages 17-20 and hanging out at Mosey Inn..nice! That place has been nothing but trouble since the new owner took over, smh!

  • 2muchgovernment

    So let me get this straight. It couldn’t be proved that he was the driver, yet he may be charged with driving without a license? Unless that charge is a result if another incident, I don’t get it. Have I missed something?

    • Bob Sweatt

      I missed it too. I don’t get it.

    • FoodForThought63

      “Rollins said, despite the positive identification, the victims were unable to prove that the man who followed them was the one who hit their vehicle” You have to read carefully. It doesn’t say it couldn’t be proven he was driving, rather that it couldn’t be proven that he was the one who hit their vehicle.

  • Jesusfan

    What are these young kids doing in a place like this anyway. For the father who took these kids to this place even just to play pool, what kind of example are you setting for them except foolish and ignorante behavior as you have just proven. What age are kids able to get in bars now, it’s there any standards or morals. Parents what examples are we setting for our kids. Lord please embrace these young kids.

  • http://PricesKarate.com/ DavePrice

    why is everyone whining about this place? the girls had a chaperon, i give a tip of the hat to the chaperon. It is better to be with your kids than telling them they cant go, ( we all know they will anyways), and he did take them away when trouble started. trying to shut down businesses every-time there is trouble is like blaming the gun for the murder.. but we do have so much of that narrow thinking? don’t we?

    • SpaceTech

      Yeah, who better to drink with if not Dad?

      • Jesusfan

        What an example are we sending to our kids. Chaperon or no chaperon why should we endulge our kids in places like these. Where are our standards parents, where do we want our kids to be when they grow up. Set an example. To many kids/ young adults out there struggeling with life. Parents if uou can’t be there for your kids and show them the way, then who will.

    • Jesusfan

      Kids of that age chaperoned or not shouldn’t be in places like this. Nobody put down the buisness but now that you mentioned it why is he letting underage people in his establishment? I could almost say not all young kids are being chaperoned! You just opened a can of worms, maybe this place should be checked out! If they wouldn’t have been there in the first place the wouldn’t have been in that perdicament.

    • hottamomma

      u r right, at least they were with an adult. incodences can happen any where. i know a couple who got hurt on their way home from church, some people say if they wouldnt been there this wouldnt have happen, so its always a if, and , but , or suppose. it wasnt a big deal, h*ll my dad took me to the bar and let me play pacman while he was drinking, it wasnt a big deal and i was 8 then.

  • 2muchgovernment

    With a bit more questioning, wouldn’t it be easy to determine if the female vehicle owner knew the man suspected of driving the car & be able to find out if she let him borrow the car? Perhaps she would admit this for fear of obstructing justice. If for nothing else, I would be livid if I let someone borrow my car & he or she damaged it because they were acting like an idiot. But I would also guess that she’s probably a fool like this guy & afraid to admit loaning it to him because she knew he didnt have a license.

    • hottamomma

      that makes a lot of sense, so i believe there is more to this story, like maybe the prosecutors friend or a favor for a friend of the prosecutor

  • Don Grantzki

    I wonder if he’d have gotten charged had he rammed a police cruiser and they “thought” they knew who was driving? Looks like the good old boy program all over again.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Donnie, Donnie, Donnie.

  • Jennifer Williams

    In most bars that actually serve full meals anyone UNDER 21 are supposed to be out of the establishment that sells liquor as the way this is written it looks like the kids were there late. They will be lucky if the ATF does not do frequent stops in from this way out. I know WPD already has a hard on for Mosey.