Southington man pleads guilty to crashing into fire hydrant, leaving scene

Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:33


SOUTHINGTON - A local man has pleaded guilty to crashing into a fire hydrant in front of his neighbor’s house and going home without calling police.

Rodd Florian, 50, of 514 Main St., accepted a plea bargain during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court last week, according to judicial records. He pleaded guilty to charges of evading responsibility and interfering with or resisting police, records indicate.

Charges of operating under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane will not be pursued. Florian, who is free on a promise to appear, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 25.

According to the police report, officers were called to the area of 524 Main St. at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2018, on the report of a fire hydrant that had been struck by a vehicle. A witness said she saw a Jeep crash into the hydrant, drive to a nearby gas station and return to Florian’s driveway. 

The witness said she recognized the driver as Florian when he got out of his green Jeep Cherokee and stumbled into his home, according to the report. Police responded and saw that the fire hydrant had been twisted about 90 degrees, causing the valve to face the opposite direction of the road.

Officers went to Florian’s home and saw him sleeping on the couch.

They knocked on the door and confronted him, asking him how his Jeep was damaged and why there was green paint on the yellow fire hydrant and yellow paint on his green Jeep, according to the report. 

Police noted in the report that Florian smelled like alcohol. Officers said he refused to take a field sobriety test and began walking away from them and back into his home. Police grabbed Florian, and he pulled away. He was brought to the ground before being arrested. 

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:33. Updated: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:36.