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Joy Rides, Multiple DUIs and a Lot of Cocaine

A roundup of remarkable police reports from around Connecticut

Joy Rides, Multiple DUIs and a Lot of Cocaine

Woodbridge police said a local man took an emergency vehicle from the driveway of a home where paramedics were treating a medical emergency and took it on a joy ride to a store parking lot in Southbury, driving across the lawns of several homes en route. Michael Issaev, 22, was arrested on charges of first-degree larceny and vandalizing private property. During the night after his arrest, police said, Issaev was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for medical treatment.

A Tolland man was among a group of people who in Vernon, but then his friends skipped out on him, Vernon police said. The group took off at 3:43 a.m. and left Nathaniel Bernhart, 20, in the restaurant parking lot to face the music and the police, according to the police report. He was arrested on a charge of sixth-degree larceny. 

Suspicions raised by inaccurate shipping information, odd pickup times and unusually secure packaging led police to arrest a man who showed up at a UPS office in Windsor Locks to pick up a crate containing , authorities said. Edwin Oliva, 37, of the Bronx, was arraigned on charges of possession of more than one kilo of narcotics and possession with intent to sell or distribute narcotics. Police said the package had been shipped next day air from Puerto Rico, supposedly destined for a business in Plainville that had no connection to the case. 

A Naugatuck man who police said drove drunk through a police barricade and crashed into an officer’s cruiser last month has been , this time in Southbury. Naugatuck police arrested Timothy A. Stumpo, 52, on April 23,  and charged him with driving under the influence after they said he ignored a police barricade and crashed his 2003 Ford Mustang into a police cruiser parked on the side of the road. Three weeks later, state police said they saw him driving erratically in Southbury and pulled him over. This time Stumpo was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Fairfield police said they arrested a local woman after she got out of her car and who were holding a car wash. Police said Amy Ficke, 43, was intoxicated. She was charged with  creating a public disturbance and driving under the influence.

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