Watch Conn. State Trooper Stop 'Disoriented' Wrong-Way Driver

March 27, 2024
A Connecticut State Police trooper working at a Waterbury construction site responded to a report of a wrong-way driver, who collided with the trooper's cruiser at a low speed.

By Matthew P. Knox

Source New Haven Register, Conn.

Connecticut State Police are encouraging residents with "loved ones in poor physical health, showing signs of visual impairment, or demonstrating slowed reaction times" to evaluate their driving capabilities after an older adult was found driving the wrong way on Route 8 in Waterbury early Tuesday.

The message comes after state police received a call around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday about a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Route 8 near Exit 36 in Waterbury. The vehicle was traveling south in the left lane of the northbound lanes, state police said.

A trooper working at a construction site nearby responded and located the vehicle, a Toyota Prius, which proceeded to collide with the front of the cruiser at low speed, a video of the incident shows.

While interacting with the driver, state police noted the man, who they described as "elderly," appeared disoriented, and he was transported to the hospital to be evaluated.

State police did not identify the man, but said he was issued an infraction for driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

If possible, residents should personally observe family members behind the wheel to determine whether they should maintain a driver's license or if a medical evaluation of their driving capabilities is needed, state police said.


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