Man surrenders on warrant from Groton accident

Groton - A Massachusetts man who was involved in a serious car accident last fall turned himself in at the town police department Tuesday evening after learning of an active warrant for his arrest.

Police said Trever Ruggles, 42, of Auburn was the driver of a car that crashed on Noank Road last September, severely injuring his passenger and sending Ruggles to the hospital.

According to police and witness accounts, Ruggles was driving a 2006 Mercedes convertible just after 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 when he lost control. One witness told police she saw Ruggles traveling west on Noank Road at a high rate of speed.

She said the Mercedes appeared to have its right side wheels on the sidewalk. She said the car skidded across the eastbound lane, in front of her car and then "flew into the air," as it crossed onto a lawn and struck a pile of bricks. Police said later that Ruggles actually struck several pallets of driveway pavers.

Another witness estimated Ruggles to have been driving at least 80 mph prior to his crash.

Police said the passenger suffered serious and permanent injuries. They contacted Ruggles Tuesday through his attorney, who accompanied him to police headquarters.

Ruggles was charged with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive right and third-degree criminal mischief. He was released after posting bail, and is scheduled to appear March 1 in New London Superior Court.

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