SOUTHINGTON - A local man has pleaded guilty to crashing into another vehicle before leaving the scene and hitting a large rock, a fire hydrant and a tree in September.
Jason Galonski, 32, accepted a plea deal during a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, in connection with an accident, on Sept. 28, in which no one was injured but himself.
Galonski pleaded guilty to one count of evading responsibility. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and two years of probation. While on probation, he has been ordered to seek substance abuse treatment, if his supervising officer believes it is necessary.
In exchange for the plea, a number of charges were dropped, including driving under the influence, failure to grant half of the highway, third-degree criminal mischief, improper turn, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to drive in the proper lane.
According to police, Galonski was driving south on Oak Street on Sept. 28, when he struck another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He then drove away without stopping, police said. The driver did not report any injuries.
Police said Galonski then continued east on Academy Street without stopping at a stop sign at the Oak Street intersection, where he struck a large rock and a fire hydrant. He then turned south on Academy Lane and crossed the yellow center lines before striking a tree off the east side of the roadway, where his vehicle came to rest, police said.
Galonski was taken to an area hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. He was charged in December.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.