Bristol man accused of drunkenly hitting pole applies for program

Published on Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:14


BRISTOL - A city man accused of drunkenly crashing into a utility pole, before fleeing the scene, has applied for a program that could spare him prosecution.

Nathaniel Harrell, 29, of 100 Rhoda Lane, was found with 0.12 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.4 ounces of marijuana and $388, following the accident on Dec. 6, according to police. Police allege he failed multiple field sobriety tests and later registered a blood alcohol content of 0.15, during two separate breathalyzer tests. The legal limit to drive in Connecticut is 0.08.

Harrell on Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, applied for the Alcohol Education Program. If granted, he could be required to attend 10-15 counseling sessions in an alcohol intervention program. A successful completion in the program could earn Harrell a dismissal of his case.

He is facing charges of operating under the influence, evading responsibility, improper turn, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, traveling unreasonably fast and possession of less than a half ounce of cannabis-type substance.

On Dec. 6, shortly before 1 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of 89 Stafford Ave. on the report that a vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The driver fled the scene, heading west on Brook Street.

Shortly thereafter, police found a man walking on Rudolph Road who matched the description of the suspect. He was later identified as Harrell. He did not report any injuries.

Police said Harrell admitted he was involved in the crash.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:14. Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:16.