Berlin council member at more than twice the legal limit for driving, according to police report

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:00
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BERLIN - The Democratic Town Council member charged with operating under the influence early Saturday was at more than twice the legal blood alcohol content for driving after she was pulled over, according to a police report released this morning.

JoAnn Angelico-Stetson, 56, of East Berlin, was stopped by police in the southbound lane of the Berlin Turnpike at the intersection of Middletown Road at 12:28 a.m., according to the summary of the arrest police provided Saturday.

Angelico-Stetson, who is a freshman member of the council, appeared confused, couldn't tell an officer why she was headed toward the Hawthorne Inn, when she said she had just left the establishment and was headed home and was unsteady on her feet as she performed field sobriety tests, the arrest report said.

While being processed at the police station, her blood alcohol content was initially .175, more than twice the legal limit of .08 for driving, about 45 minutes after the arrest. She called two attorneys before the test, police said.

Angelico-Stetson was charged with operating under the influence and failure to use a turn signal. She was released on $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Jan. 17.

Angelico-Stetson admitted responsibilty for the incident in a statement issued to The Herald Sunday.

State Department of Motor Vehicle officials said Angelico-Stetson had no previous traffic violations.

The Berlin Police Department initially declined to release her arrest report. The report was received by The Herald this morning after the paper was told to submit a Freedom of Information request.

Check back for more details on this developing story.




Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain, Berlin on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:00. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 10:14.