Police: Wrong way driver charged with DUI after chase on I-95

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State police at Troop E in Montville said they arrested a Newington man early Saturday who drove a pickup truck in the wrong direction on Interstate 95 from Stonington to East Lyme.

Martin Casola, 28, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, disobeying the signal of an officer and reckless endangerment following the 1:52 a.m. incident.

According to a news release, a caller reported the truck traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway in the area of Exit 90 in Stonington. Troopers located the car as it continued traveling in the wrong direction over the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. The police deployed stop sticks twice in an effort to disable the car, striking the tires twice. Trooper Jonathan Baker said the car almost struck his cruiser as he attempted to slow traffic in the area of Exit 75.

Troopers, joined by officers from Groton Town and East Lyme police departments, attempted to stay ahead and behind of the car to prevent a serious accident, according to the release. They pushed traffic off Exit 72, and said the vehicle slowed considerably after stop sticks were deployed again. Baker and another trooper moved their cars into the direct path of the truck as it rounded the corner of Exit 72, stopping it in the left lane, according to the release. Casola was taken into custody without incident.

He later was released on a $5,000 bond and is due in New London Superior Court on Dec. 26.

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