Southington police charge Bristol man with DUI in crash that seriously injured another man

Published on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:51


SOUTHINGTON -- A Bristol man has been accused of drunken driving during a car crash in July that seriously injured another man, who needed surgery for injuries to his back and neck.

Michael Barnett, 45, of 105 Jerome Ave., Bristol, was driving on July 11, shortly after midnight, with a blood alcohol content of 0.13 when he crashed into the rear of another vehicle in the area of 1978 West St, which is also known as Route 229, according to the police report.

The legal limit to drive in Connecticut is 0.08.

Barnett was heading north in a 2013 Toyota Camry when his vehicle struck a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was also heading north, police wrote in the report. The Camry became wedged underneath the Ram before both vehicles made contact with the road edge, causing their direction to shift. This sent the Ram into a 180 degree spin before it struck a utility pole, police wrote.

The driver of the Ram, a Bristol man who was 56 years old at the time of the crash, suffered serious back and neck injuries that required surgery, according to the police report.

Barnett suffered a clavicle fracture and depressed left nasal bone, police wrote in the report. During the investigation, police wrote, officers found that Barnett was driving about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Barnett was charged on Oct. 20 with driving under the influence, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and following too close. His bond was set at $5,000 pending a court date on Nov. 9 in New Britain Superior Court.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:51. Updated: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:53.