A Meriden man was arrested after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Route 9 south in Cromwell and struck a state police cruiser that had responded to a call about the wrong-way vehicle, according to state police.
The 29-year-old trooper in the cruiser that was struck was transported to Hartford Hospital with suspected injuries. according to state police.
Troopers were dispatched to Route 9 south near Exit 19 at about 4 a.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of a wrong way driver; a trooper who responded saw the vehicle “traveling at him at a high rate of speed,” and positioned the cruiser “towards the center of the highway with his emergency lights activated in an attempt to slow or stop” the vehicle travelling in the wrong lane, police said in a report.
The wrong-way vehicle struck the front left corner of the cruiser and the trooper was able to pull over to the right shoulder as the cruiser became disabled, state police said in the report.
Guy J. Raffles, 65, of East Main Street, Meriden is charged with operating under the influence of liquor or drug, reckless endangerment, driving the wrong way on a limited access highway and reckless driving, the state police report said. He is free on a $5,000 bond and due at Superior Court in Middletown on May 6, according to state police.
Raffles told police that he was not injured, according to the report Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.