Case dropped against man who Plainville police say was intoxicated when he nearly struck pedestrian

Published on Monday, 16 August 2021 17:06


PLAINVILLE - The case against a Plainville man charged with nearly striking a pedestrian while police believe he was intoxicated has been dropped.

Justin Rondeau, 40, of 68 Whiting St., had a scheduled court hearing in New Britain Superior Court on Friday.

Judicial records indicated he was enrolled in a diversionary program, and that the case was marked down for a disposition. Judicial records on Monday indicated the charges have been dropped.

Rondeau had been charged with operating under the influence, failure to drive upon right, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Rondeau on May 25, 2019, was found with a bottle of vodka, steroids and Clonazepam - which is used to treat seizures, anxiety and panic disorders - without a valid prescription when he was pulled over on Colonial Court, according to the police report.

He pulled into an apartment complex parking lot after police saw him driving in the wrong lane, the report said.

Officers were called around 9:40 p.m. on the report that Rondeau had just left his home driving erratically, nearly striking a pedestrian, according to the report. The complainant told police he was possibly intoxicated.

An officer then spotted Rondeau driving a Cadillac Escalade on the wrong side of the road on Colonial Court, police wrote in the report. Upon pulling over, police observed signs of intoxication and had him perform multiple field sobriety tests, the report said. Police said he failed the tests before registering a blood alcohol content of 0.27 and 0.24 during two breathalyzer tests given at the police department. The legal limit to drive in Connecticut is 0.08.

Inside the Escalade, police found vodka, steroids, two needles and prescription pills.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 16 August 2021 17:06. Updated: Monday, 16 August 2021 17:09.