SOUTHINGTON – A Meriden woman who was seriously injured when she drunkenly rolled her car over in 2017 has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Vanessa Volpe, 33, was handed down the sentence during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court. This comes after she took a plea bargain in September.
The deal required Volpe to plead guilty under the Alford doctrine to charges of operating under the influence as a third offender and operating under suspension because of an alcohol-related offense. An Alford plea means she disputes the allegations but believes there's a chance she could have been convicted at trial.
Volpe was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended after service of one year, and two years of probation. During a previous hearing, court officials said Volpe was scheduled to go to trial before changing her mind and taking a plea deal to avoid a harsher sentence.
On May 21, 2017, Volpe, driving a 2016 Acura TLX east on Savage Street, Volpe left the roadway after entering an intersection and ended up in the front yard of 1307 Meriden Ave., where her vehicle rolled over.
The force from the accident partially ejected Volpe from the car, leaving her trapped underneath it. First responders were able to lift the vehicle enough to rescue the 30-year-old Meriden resident. She was airlifted to Hartford Hospital, where her blood was drawn. Prosecutors have said Volpe’s blood alcohol content was 0.28. The legal limit to drive in Connecticut in 0.08.
Prosecutors have said Volpe was convicted of DUI in 2012 and again in 2015, making her a third-time offender.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.