A New Britain man was arrested this morning in Plainville after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run.
Adrian Kozikowski, 26, was tracked down by police and a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officer early this morning after authorities followed his footsteps in the snow from the scene of a crash, Plainville police said. He is facing charges of interfering with an officer, evading responsibility, operating under suspension, making an improper U-turn and traveling too fast for conditions.
According to Plainville police, Kozikowski, driving a 1999 Dodge Durango, lost control of his vehicle, struck another vehicle and then struck a utility pole on Woodford Avenue, at Linden Street. Police received multiple calls from witnesses reporting the crash at about 6:57 a.m.
Police allege Kozikowski left the crash on foot. After the crash, a DEEP conservation officer happened to be in the area and stopped to help. The DEEP officer, along with police, followed the footsteps leading away from the crash through a wooded area, a number of residential backyards and over multiple streets. After searching for about half an hour, Kozikowski was found on Arcadia Avenue and arrested. He has been released on a $2,500 non-surety bond.
Meanwhile, other area police departments have reported a much quieter morning thus far while a winter storm rolls through the area and causes visibility issues.
In Bristol, as of about 9:35 a.m., only one crash was reported. Police said it did not involve serious injuries.
In Southington, as of 8:30 a.m., no car accidents had been reported yet to police.
Parking bans are in effect in Bristol, Plainville and Southington.
Gabe Calandra, assistant superintendent of the Highways Department in Southington, said that town roads were coated with a treated salt prior to the storm.
"It makes it so that the snow and ice doesn't stick as much but with the wind it only lasts so long," he said. "Our guys came in right away today and got to work almost immediately because the snow is coming down so hard. They'll keep on plugging away to keep them as open and as safe as possible for emergency traffic. For us, 10 inches of snow isn't a big deal. The wind is a pain though because it keeps blowing the snow back at us."
Staff writer Brian Johnson contributed to this story.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.