Plainfield man charged with DUI and reckless driving

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PLAINFIELD – A man was arrested after several witnesses reported seeing him driving erratically and hitting several objects along the side of the roadway early Saturday afternoon.

Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a maroon 2002 Dodge Stratus driving erratically, striking multiple objects on the roadside as it was traveling southbound on Norwich Road near its intersection with Lathrop Road.

The car was seen again driving erratically northbound on Norwich Road near the Better Val-U. Multiple witnesses reported seeing the car striking various objects on the roadside at different locations throughout town. It was seen striking a telephone pole near Better Val-U, a road sign by Agway, and seen traveling in the wrong lane into oncoming traffic.

One of the callers described the erratic driver’s actions “making her fear for her life” at one point as the driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road directly at oncoming traffic.

The car was later located at the Plainfield Town Hall with the back window smashed and damage to the front end of the vehicle.

Police said the driver, Colton J. Blake, 25, of Tarbox Road in Plainfield claimed he did not remember striking any objects on the roadway as he was traveling to “the old Agway”.

He did admit to being the only individual driving his car and to traveling on the roadways where he was seen driving erratically.

Colton claimed that he gave an unknown man a ride home to a location he doesn’t recall. Colton said that he did have to drive North of the Old Agway to drop this unknown man off at home. This was the same direction in which he was seen hitting multiple objects.

Colton was arrested and found to have synthetic marijuana, along with paraphernalia.

He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, evading the scene of an accident, failure to maintain an established lane, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was able to pay $1,000 bail and was given a court date of Monday. February 1, at the Danielson Superior Court.