standing Stonington Police Department

STONINGTON — A Branford man and Maryland resident are each facing charges following separate accidents Sunday evening that the police said led officers tp find they were driving under the influence.

Stonington police said Nicholas Greene, 34, of Branford, and 25-year-old Aaron Donald Grigg, of Parkville, Maryland, were each charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive to the right following the crashes, which occurred approximately two hours apart. Greene is also facing a citation for traveling too fast for conditions.

Greene was charged around 6 p.m. after police received a call that a driver had struck a stone wall along Taugwonk Road near the intersection with Route 184. A preliminary investigation revealed that Greene was traveling south when the crash occurred.

The police said Greene was not injured and his vehicle sustained only minor damage. He showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was taken into custody without further incident.

Less than two hours later, officers and volunteer fire and ambulance personnel were called to the area of 111 Masons Island Road for reports of a one-car crash. The police said Grigg was traveling along Masons Island Road just north of Gled Hill Street when he veered off the roadway and struck a sign before hitting a tree head-on.

The police said Grigg was not injured.

An investigation determined speed was a factor. Grigg also showed signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, before being taken into custody.

Both men were later released on a non-surety bond, according to Stonington police records, and are expected in New London Superior Court for arraignment later this month.

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