BRISTOL - A city man accused of drunkenly crashing into a utility pole, before fleeing the scene, has been granted a program that will spare him a conviction.
Nathanial Harrell, 29, of 100 Rhoda Lane, was placed in the Alcohol Education Program Friday in Bristol Superior Court. If he’s successful in the program, which includes 10 to 15 counseling sessions, his case will be dismissed on April 10, 2019.
Harrell was allegedly found with 0.12 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.4 ounces of marijuana and $388, following a car 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.
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.
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.
Court officials on Friday said the drug charges will be put on hold while Harrell completes the Alcohol Education Program. They will be dropped if he does well in the program.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.