Woman charged for walking 'recklessly' on I-84 in Southington, damaging police cruiser: state police

Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:38


SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman faces charges after state police say she recklessly walked on Interstate-84 and caused motorists to slow down and swerve to avoid striking her.

Tyara Lewis, 22, allegedly slammed her wrists onto a state police cruiser, damaging the hood, during her arrest, state police said.

She faces charges of reckless use of a highway by a pedestrian, failure to comply with an officer’s order, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace.

Lewis, state police said, was found Monday, at about 8:44 p.m., walking in the I-84 median near Exit 27 in Southington, where state troopers told her to stop. She refused, state police said, and veered into oncoming traffic multiple times, causing motorists to slow down and swerve to avoid her.

Lewis was held on $2,000 bond overnight Monday and arraigned Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court. She was freed on a promise to appear, and her case was continued to Aug. 16. She did not enter a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:38. Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:41.