BRISTOL - A local man has been accused of fleeing from an accident scene after crashing into a utility pole while under the influence.
Nathaniel Harrell, 29, of 100 Rhoda Lane, was arrested Wednesday on 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.
On Wednesday, 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. According to the police report, 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.
According to police, Harrell was found with 0.12 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.4 ounces of marijuana and $388.
The vehicle involved in the crash had to be towed from the scene.
Harrell, who is free on $1,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Dec. 22.
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