PLAINVILLE -- A Bristol man arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge allegedly could have struck a police officer head-on when crashed into a snowbank, before police found that he had marijuana, alcohol and a gun in his car.
Bailey Anderson, 23, passed in between a police cruiser and a tow truck, both of which were headed in the opposite direction as him, on Woodford Avenue on Feb. 6, around 11:24 p.m., before slamming into a snowbank, according to the police report. Police noted in the report that he said he was not injured.
Anderson, who had a valid pistol permit, faces charges of illegally carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and failure to drive right.
According to police, Anderson took two breathalyzer tests, rendering a blood alcohol content of 0.16 and 0.13. The legal limit to drive in Connecticut is 0.08.
An officer driving west on Woodford Avenue said he was behind a tow truck when he saw a motorist, later identified as Anderson, turn from Meriline Avenue onto Woodford, heading east. Police noted that the roads were slippery at the time because of a recent storm that dumped snow and freezing rain.
According to the report, Anderson fishtailed after turning onto Woodford Avenue and passed in between the officer and the tow truck that was traveling in front of the police cruiser. The officer wrote in the report that, had he not slowed down, there could have been a head-on collision.
Upon approaching Anderson’s car after it hit the snowbank, the officer said he smelled marijuana and noticed that Anderson was slurring his speech, the report said. The 23-year-old told police he had a handgun in the car. Police wrote in the report that the gun is legally owned.
Inside the car, police also found a baggie of marijuana and whiskey nips, some of which were empty, the report said. Anderson, the report continued, failed multiple field sobriety tests before he took two breathalyzer tests.
Police wrote in the report that Anderson, during the booking process, was “cooperative, remorseful and respectful.” He is free on bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on April 28.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.