Court records on Berlin councilor's arrest sealed

Published on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:40
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - Court records pertaining to Town Councilor’s JoAnn Angelico-Stetson’s arrest for driving while intoxicated have been sealed.

The 56-year-old East Berlin resident was charged on Jan. 6 with operating under the influence and failure to use a turn signal. She was released on a $500 non-surety bond.

Her blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit more than an hour after she was first spotted by police at 12:28 a.m. on the Berlin Turnpike, according to the arrest report.

Angelico-Stetson was unsteady on her feet, appeared confused when asked what direction she was heading and needed two tests with several attempts to administer her Breathalyzer test, police reported.

The police initially refused to release Angelico-Stetson’s arrest report. It was received by The Herald on Jan. 9 after the paper had been told to submit a Freedom of Information request.

She appeared in court on Jan. 12 and has another court date on Feb. 14, according to court officials. Her case was sealed, they added.

According to the state judicial branch website Angelico-Stetson is awaiting disposition and is referred to adult probation.

Angelico-Stetson did not return a request for comment. Because her case has been sealed, the name of her lawyer was unavailable.

People charged with a crime or motor vehicle violation for the first time can apply for the accelerated rehabilitation program. In the program, the offender is placed on probation for up to two years. If probation is completed satisfactorily, the charges are dismissed.

Once defendants apply for the program, their cases are sealed by the court.

Angelico-Stetson has no previous traffic violations according to the state Department of Motor vehicles.

After the Jan. 9 release of Angelico-Stetson’s arrest report, Republican Town Committee Chairwoman Anne Reilly called for the first-term Democratic councilor’s resignation citing the need to hold public officials to a high standard.

“This could’ve ended in more disastrous results,” said Reilly at the time.

Angelico-Stetson said in response that she had “no intention of resigning.”

Acting Democratic Committee Chairwoman Kathy O’Donnell-Moss said the weekend of the arrest that Angelico-Stetson “has been a dedicated public servant to the town of Berlin. I and the Democratic Town Committee will continue to support her.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:40. Updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:43.