Police: Drunken driver, with kids in car, hit 4 parked vehicles

Published on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:23
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - A city woman allegedly drove into four parked vehicles early Saturday while driving drunk with three children.

Giselle Encarnacion, 28, of 102 Tremont St., first floor, and the children, ages 12, 5 and 1, had to be pulled out of her silver Acura by a bystander after it came to rest on its side, police said. The bystander broke a window to get the four out. The 1-year-old was in a car seat but the 5-year-old was only buckled in with a seat belt, a violation of the state’s child restraint laws, police said.

Encarnacion hit the parked cars in the area of 75 Willow St. around 2:13 a.m., Capt. Thomas Steck said. The children were taken to an area hospital to be evaluated, then were turned over to family members, Steck added, noting that no one was seriously injured.

Encarnacion told police she had swerved to avoid hitting a cat, but admitted that she had had a Corona beer before getting in the car, Steck said. She failed field sobriety tests, he said.

Encarnacion was charged with operating under the influence, three counts of risk of injury to a child, failure to drive right and failure to secure a child. She is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on May 25.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:23. Updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 22:26.