The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:
On Jan. 4 at approximately 8:18 a.m., William Gordon, 35, of 38 High Street, Higganum was stopped by State Police for failure to wear a seat-belt. A subsequent investigation by police revealed that Gordon was operating a motor-vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It was also discovered that he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Gordon was taken into custody and transported to the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester and arrested for failure to wear a seat-belt, DUI, possession of less than one-quarter ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court in Norwich on 1/15/13.
On Jan. 4, East Haddam Police received a report of a stolen global positioning system unit (GPS) from a motor vehicle that had been left parked next to Mount Parnassus Road in East Haddam, on 12/31/12. Anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office, at 860-873-1226, or at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 860-537-7500. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can leave a voice-mail at the Confidential Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.
On Jan. 4 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tyler Galanek, 19, of 34 Crestwood Drive, East Haddam was traveling along Salem Road in the area of Foxtown Cemetery Road in East Haddam, when he reportedly lost control of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier that he was driving. The vehicle left the roadway and came to rest down and into a ravine, estimated by police to be about 25 feet below the roadway, landing on it's roof. According to police, a passenger in the vehicle at the time, Jeremy Gorman, 19, of Leesville Road, Moodus was uninjured. Initially, the accident remained unreported. It was not until the next morning, Jan. 5 at approximately 8:44 a.m., that the accident was discovered and reported by a passer-by. Further investigation by East Haddam police revealed that Galanek was at fault, and he was subsequently charged with avoiding responsibility, traveling too fast for conditions and operating a motor-vehicle with unsafe tires. He was given a court date of1/23/13 at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown.
On Jan. 7 at approximately 7:27 a.m., Christopher Bennett, 43, of Ash Street, Willimantic was driving southbound along Route 149 in Moodus, just north of Andrews Road, in a 2003 Toyota Echo. As Bennett attempted to negotiate a right-hand curve, his vehicle traveled into the northbound lane and struck a 2005 Peterbuilt oil delivery truck, being operated by Herbert Trapp, 44, of Leesville Road in Moodus, head-on. Police reported only minor injuries, and say that wet road conditions at the time may have contributed to the cause of the crash. Bennett was issued an infraction for failure to drive upon the right.
On Jan. 9 at approximately 10:50 p.m., John Rucker, III, 22, of 143 Clark Hill Road, East Haddam was arrested, pursuant to a warrant, and charged with 3rd-degree burglary, 4th-degree larceny and 5th-degree larceny. Rucker was held in lieu of bonds totaling $35,000 and presented in court the same day, at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown.