BRISTOL- A city police officer was arrested by his own department early Saturday and charged with driving under the influence.
Brian Bonati, 32, of Terryville, was found at about 2:25 a.m. sleeping in his personal vehicle, which was stopped on School Street, near North Main Street, according to police. Officers were called there on the report of someone sleeping inside a car.
Responding officers suspected that Bonati, who was not on duty at the time, may have been under the influence. According to police, he failed more than one field sobriety test.
Bonati was then arrested on an operating under the influence of alcohol charge. After being taken back to the police department, police said, Bonati declined to take a breathalyzer. He was freed on a $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 6 in Bristol Superior Court.
Bonati is an officer with the Bristol Police Department and will be the subject of an internal investigation, police said.