DERBY — Police say they took a 79-year-old Derby man into custody last night after he crashed into another vehicle, and then fled the scene.
At around 7:00 p.m. police were notified that a 2000 Jeep Cherokee had been involved in a rear-end collision on Route 5 in Derby, near the I-91 on-ramps.
The Jeep took off after the crash.
The complainant, Jonathan Hinton, 21, of Orleans, told police his 2016 Chevrolet Colorado had been struck from behind while he was waiting at the red light.
His truck sustained rear-end damage, but he was not injured during the incident.
Troopers located the Jeep parked behind a home in Derby. The suspect was identified as 79-year-old Floyd Ellis.
Police say the Jeep had front-end damage consistent with the reported collision.
“Subsequent interview and investigation revealed Ellis had been impaired at the time of operation,” a statement issued by police reads.
Ellis declined to provide a PBT.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Derby barracks where he was processed and transported to the Northern State Correctional Facility as what police describe as an “incapacitated person.”
Ellis was issued a citation to appear in court for suspicion of operating under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.