Accident Report: December 21, 2012
Stephen Cooper, 22, of 3 North Cobblers Court in East Lyme was traveling southbound on Lovers Lane in East Lyme, transiting from Route 1 to Dean Road when his car veered off the right side of the road, striking a tree and a rock. Cooper left the scene and traveled to Black Oak Drive without notifying police of the accident. According to the police report, he said he did not report the accident because he had "consumed numerous beers prior to the accident." He received a summons for traveling too fast for conditions.
December 22, 2012
While on routine patrol, and East Lyme Police Officer observed six vehicles parked in the commuter lot at I-95 Exit 74 near King Arthur Drive in East Lyme. All but one of the vehicles was occupied and one vehicle was occupied by six juvenile males ages 16 and 17.
Upon closer investigation, the officer detected an odor of alcohol and discovered partly consumed beer cans in the vehicle, along with 25 unopened beer cans, a .750L bottle of rum, and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All of the vehicle's occupants were underage.
The vehicle's driver was charged with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by a minor. Three other juveniles were also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. All of the young men were released to their parents and the cases were referred to Waterford Juvenile Court.
December 23, 2012
Blake M. Winkler, 20, of 38 Roxbury Road, Niantic, was charged with carrying a deadly weapon when police found a pair of brass knuckles in his possession. The discovery was made by East Lyme Police Officer Mark Comeau who noticed a car traveling along Flanders Road had high beams on and did not dim them for oncoming traffic.
As Comeau approached the vehicle, he detected an odor of marijuana. A search by K-9 Jimo turned up four marijuana pipes and a small bag of marijuana. The driver, a juvenile, was issued an infraction for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was cited for motor vehicle violations. Winkler, a passenger in the vehicle, was issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of a dangerous weapon. Bond was set at $500.
Note: There were no arrests reported this week by State Police Troop F for Old Lyme or Lyme.