Police log: Road assault, DUI, and stepfather punched

Trumbull police arrested a Milford woman after she assaulted her boyfriend while he was operating a vehicle.

Trumbull police arrested a Milford woman after she assaulted her boyfriend while he was operating a vehicle.

The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Monday, Feb. 29:

Road assault on Nichols Avenue

A Milford woman was arrested for assault in the third degree on Nichols Avenue at 12:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

Police said Anita Dougherty, 48, struck her boyfriend while he was driving her vehicle near the intersection of Nichols Avenue and Hawley Lane, which caused him to stop the car and exit on foot.

According to a report, Dougherty had the boyfriend and a third person — a 58-year-old man — over for dinner at her home in Milford earlier in the night where she had several glasses of wine.

While driving the man home from the dinner, she got in an argument with her boyfriend and struck him. Police said that in addition to physically hitting the man, Dougherty tried grabbing the steering wheel and the car keys in the ignition.

The third-party passenger, who also exited the vehicle after the assault and was found walking north on Route 108, testified that the boyfriend’s account of the incident was true. He told police that Dougherty was drunk and argumentative and tried to switch gears while the vehicle was in motion.

Police found Dougherty drunk in the vehicle and she told them she had been the victim of assault.

The report added that her speech was slurred and that she wasn’t charged with a DUI because she wasn’t attempting to operate the vehicle.

She was arrested on the scene and taken to police headquarters, where she was released on a $500 bond.

She was scheduled to appear in court Friday, Feb. 26.

Off-duty officer catches drunk driver

A Sunset Avenue man was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive right on Reservoir Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Police said an off-duty officer spotted Sean Dufficy, 21, driving erratically in the southbound lane of Route 25.

According to a report, the officer saw the vehicle move from the left to the right lane on the highway before swerving back into the left lane.

After witnessing the car go back and forth several times, the officer reported the driver to dispatch.

Police said the off-duty officer followed Dufficy’s vehicle off the exit ramp and onto White Plains Road, where it continued swerving.

An on-duty officer finally pulled Dufficy over on Reservoir Avenue. The report said the driver’s speech was slow and slurred.

Police added that he couldn’t find his wallet in the vehicle even though it was on the passenger seat.

Outside the car, Dufficy was unsteady on his feet, police said, and failed three field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, his blood alcohol concentration was reported to be .20%.

He was processed and released on a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, March 14.

Stepfather punched, threatened

A Blackhouse Road man was arrested for assault in the third degree, threatening in the second degree, and disorderly conduct at his home at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Police said Keith Lancaster, 32, struck his stepfather twice in the face during a violent domestic dispute incident.

According to a report, Lancaster was found inside the home sitting on the couch with his girlfriend when police arrived on the scene. Officers quickly noticed broken glasses and pots all over the floor in the kitchen that were the result of a reported physical altercation between Lancaster and his stepfather.

Police said that both Lancaster’s mother and the victim left the house because they were scared after being threatened. They told police that Lancaster had first got into a verbal argument with his mother before dinner and that led to the fight with the stepfather.

The report said the left side of the victim’s his face was severely swollen from being hit, but he refused medical attention.

The parents also told police that Lancaster had been violent in the past and suffers from a substance abuse problem.

He was released on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Feb. 24.   

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