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So Far in May, 3 Drivers Arrested for DUI

WOODBURY – Three drivers have been arrested so far in May and charged with driving under the influence, according to Woodbury Police Department press releases.

On May 3 at about 7:55 p.m., Gary Dionne, 53, of Woodbury was observed operating a motor vehicle erratically on Rt. 64 south near Rt. 6. Police said there was a strong smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from his car, and Dionne failed field sobriety tests.

Dionne was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating an unregistered motor vehicle. failure to carry a driver’s license, failure to return plates, and possession of less than one-half ounce of cannabis.

On May 4 at about 6:58 p.m., Jesse Coachman, 51, of Bethel drove his car off a steep embankment off Grassy Hill Road near North Road. When police at the scene, they found Coachman standing next to the vehicle, and could smell alcohol on him. Coachman then failed field sobriety tests.

Coachman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive in the proper lane, travelling to fast for conditions, and operating a motor vehicle with unsafe tires.

On May 11 at about 3:29 p.m., Exel Rivera, 50, of Woodbury nearly rear-ended a marked police car with his Jeep Cherokee on Bacon Pond Rd.

According to the report filed by Woodbury police officer Mark Defeo, Rivera’s vehicle swerved into the southbound lane and passed the police car on the left. The subsequent investigation and failed sobriety tests led to the arrest of Rivera for driving under the influence, following too close, and improper passing.

Dionne and Coachman are scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on May 17, and Rivera is scheduled to appear on May 22.

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