Stonington woman charged after fleeing DUI stop on Thanksgiving

Stonington woman charged after fleeing DUI stop on Thanksgiving

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STONINGTON — A 27-year-old local woman is facing charges after police said she fled from a traffic stop while driving under the influence. The police said she took off as the officer was about to leave his cruiser, then led the officer on a brief chase.

The woman, Martha H. Russo, of 213 Elm St., Apt. B, was charged early Thanksgiving Day with driving under the influence, failure to drive to the right, disobeying the signal of an officer,  evading responsibility in an accident causing damage to property, traveling unreasonably fast and driving when license is suspended or denied.

A Stonington police report said the incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Stonington Road. The Police said Russo initially stopped, but then “sped away” in her car. The officer followed Russo’s car onto Elm Street, where she struck the guardrail and then continued down the road, the police said.

Police said Russo eventually stopped in the area of Grandview Park and was given a field sobriety test, which she failed. Police also discovered that Russo, formerly of Rhode Island, was traveling in an unregistered car and had a license that was previously suspended in that state. She was released after posting bond and is due for arraignment in December in New London Superior Court.


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