Southington man faces DUI, other charges

Published on Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:54


SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been accused of drunkenly crashing into a fire hydrant in front of a neighbor’s house and going home without calling police.

Rodd Florian, 49, of 514 Main St., is charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility, interfering with police and failure to drive in the proper lane.

According to the police report, officers were called to the area of 524 Main St. at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. A witness said she saw a Jeep crash into the hydrant, the be driven to a nearby gas station and to Florian’s driveway.

The witness said she recognized the driver as Florian when he got out of the car, according to the report.

Officers went to Florian’s home and saw him sleeping on the couch. They knocked on the door and confronted him at the door, asking him how his Jeep had been damaged and why there was green paint on the yellow hydrant and yellow paint on his green Jeep, according to the report.

Police noted in the report that Florian’s breath smelled of alcohol. Officers said he refused to take a field sobriety test and began walking away from them and back into his house. Police grabbed Florian, and he pulled away. He was brought to the ground and arrested.

Florian is held on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court next Friday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:54. Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:56.