BRISTOL - A city man has pleaded guilty to hitting two people with his SUV in 2016 when he was leaving the Bleachers Bar parking lot.
Reid Jeanson, 34, of 186 Gridley St., was sentenced Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, to six months in prison, suspended after service of 60 days, and 18 months of probation. He pleaded guilty to one count of operating under the influence.
In exchange for the plea, a number of charges were dropped, including those of second-degree assault, unsafe backing, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and no insurance.
Police said they were called Sept. 2, 2016, to Bleachers Bar, located at 300 Middle St., around 11:22 p.m. after witnesses said Jeanson hit two people, ages 39 and 24, with his Jeep Grand Cherokee and tried to leave.
Witnesses told officers a group of them got in the way of Jeanson’s SUV, at which point he backed up and hit the 39-year-old again, police said. A citizen then ran up to the vehicle and grabbed the keys from Jeanson’s SUV until police arrived.
The 39-year-old was taken to Bristol Hospital for back injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The 24-year-old did not wish to go to the hospital.
According to police, Jeanson was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol. He failed several field sobriety tests before his blood alcohol content registered at 0.15 and 0.13 during two breathalyzer tests. The legal limit in Connecticut is 0.08.
Matthew Dyer, Jeanson's attorney, said there was some question as to whether some of the victim's injuries had been caused before the accident. He said that played a part in prosecutors dropping a more serious charge. Jeanson, Dyer continued, also paid more than $3,000 out of his pocket to cover some of the costs the victim incurred as a result of the accident.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.