Police log: Self-imposed DUIs, Target shoplifters and backing into a stonewall
The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 28:
Drunk driver calls police on himself
A Main Street man was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane at 1:52 a.m. on Tashua Road Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Police said Austin Wnukowski, 20, called the cops after his vehicle got stuck in a ditch on the upper part of Tashua Road.
According to a report, Wnukowski’s vehicle hit a mailbox while he was trying to turn it around on the road and swerved off the road, where it got stuck.
He told police he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day but did not admit to drinking.
The report said he was unable to coherently explain the accident and the damage to the mailbox.
The responding officer asked Wnukowski and his passenger to step out of the vehicle, and a search revealed the passenger to be in possession of marijuana. Additionally, a few beer bottles were found hidden outside the vehicle.
Police said Wnukowski struggled to stand getting out of the vehicle and failed a field sobriety test.
Back at police headquarters, his blood alcohol content was reported to be .23.
He was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Jan. 4.
The passenger was given an infraction for the marijuana.
Fitbits stolen from Target
A Seymour woman was arrested for larceny in the fifth degree and possession of a shoplifting device at the Target at Hawley Lane Mall at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Police said Bree Thomas, 31, was observed putting three Fitbit watches and a GPS device into a cart by the store’s loss prevention department.
According to a report, Thomas then went into another aisle and began removing the safety devices from all the items. She attempted to walk out of the store with the unpaid goods but was stopped by a loss prevention officer.
Trumbull police arrived on the scene and found a retractable razor in Thomas’s purse that was used to cut the safety packaging.
Police said the items cost $649.96.
Thomas was sent to the hospital after being processed at Trumbull police headquarters, where she was released on a promise to appear in court Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Bedsheets, blankets and clothing
A Highland Avenue woman was arrested for larceny in the fifth degree around 6:35 p.m. at the Target in Westfield Trumbull mall Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Police said Belinda Heredia, 30, went into the store with a female juvenile and stole bedsheets and blankets, which she brought out to a vehicle in the store’s parking lot.
According to a report, Heredia and the juvenile returned to the store to meet with the vehicle’s driver and another female subject who were still shopping, but the store’s loss prevention department observed them on surveillance and stopped them from re-entering.
Trumbull police arrived on the scene and arrested Heredia and the juvenile for shoplifting. In the car, they found 50 stolen items, mostly clothing, from a variety of stores in the mall.
The items cost $737.01, police said.
The vehicle’s driver said she did not know the two arrestees were planning to steal from the store or any other store in the mall. She was not charged.
Heredia and the juvenile were both processed and released on $500 bonds.
They’re scheduled to appear in court Monday, Jan. 4.
Flat tire DUI
A Marietta, Ga., man was arrested for driving under the influence at Trumbull police headquarters around 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.
Police said Tyler Kmiec, 28, pulled into the Trumbull Police Department to fix a flat tire after hitting a pothole on the highway.
According to a report, the dispatcher on duty observed Kmiec pull into the parking, park in a handicapped spot and pop open his trunk.
An officer came out to ask the driver what had happened and he noticed there was major damage to the front of the vehicle.
Kmiec told police he had hit a pothole but the damage suggested he had hit a guardrail or another vehicle, the report said.
The officer smelled alcohol on Kmiec’s breath and asked if he had been drinking. The Georgia native admitted to having had three glasses of wine in Waterbury earlier in the day.
He failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested.
He posted a $500 bond and was released with a scheduled court date of Monday, Jan. 4.
Teenagers caught stealing headphones
A Bridgeport man and a Bridgeport woman were arrested for shoplifting in the fifth degree and possession of a shoplifting device at 2:30 p.m. at the Target in the Westfield Trumbull mall Thursday, Dec. 24.
Police said Destiny Baez, 18, and Carl Capers, 18, were seen cutting security devices off headphones in the store’s electronics department.
According to a report, loss prevention stopped the two teenagers before they made it out of the store.
The items stolen cost $680.18, police said.
The report added that Capers cut the security tags with a knife and Baez put the headphones in her jacket.
Both were released on $500 bonds and were scheduled to appear in court Monday, Jan. 4.
Front lawn accident
A Bethel woman was arrested for driving under the influence on Winslow Road at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.
Police said Erica Noe, 30, pulled into a homeowner’s driveway and began to turn around before backing into a stone wall.
According to a report, Noe then pulled forward onto the homeowner’s front lawn, where her vehicle got stuck.
A neighbor came out of his residence to help the homeowner take Noe’s keys from her as they waited for police to respond.
Police said she failed a field sobriety test on the scene and couldn’t find her license at first. They added she thought she was in Hamden and was notably incoherent.
Noe’s blood alcohol content at police headquarters was reported to be .17
She was processed and released on a $500 bond with a scheduled court appearance Tuesday, Jan. 5.