Hartford man crushes stolen DOT truck: State Police

Police say the truck was stolen on Route 40 just east of Exit 1.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A Hartford woman is facing multiple charges after state police say she stole a Department of Transportation truck and crashed it.

Officials said the theft occurred around 10:15 a.m. Thursday on Route 40 East near Exit 1 in North Haven.

Before police could arrive, it was reported that the stolen truck had rammed into another vehicle at the intersection of Bailey Road and Elm Street, just off Route 40.

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Officials say the truck, stolen by 23-year-old Dinah Nelson, was traveling east towards Baily Road when it ran through a red light, hitting a Nissan Sentra.

The driver of the Nissan suffered minor injuries and Nelson was uninjured, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, they determined that Nelson was driving under the influence and was in no condition to drive.

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She was placed under arrest and taken back to Troop I for processing. While there, officials said Nelson became combative and punched a Seymour police officer in the face.

Nelson was charged with driving under the influence, robbery, assaulting a public safety officer, failing to obey a traffic light and careless pedestrian.

She is currently being held on $25,000 and is due in court on Friday.

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected].

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