DUI checkpoint snares 6 suspects

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff

NORTH BRANFORD — Police made six arrests last weekend in the second of three planned drunken-driving checkpoints during the summer.

The Police Department recently received a $12,200 federal grant, administered by the state Department of Transportation, to put toward overtime pay to combat driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The department has a checkpoint planned for late summer, Lt. David D’Ancicco said.

The checkpoint took place between 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday on Foxon Road between Cedar Lake and Twin Lakes roads.

“We had the DUI checkpoint on Saturday night to Sunday morning and we made some really good arrests here,” D’Ancicco said.

Most of the arrests, D’Ancicco said, were on drug charges, not for driving under the influence. Of the one DUI arrest made, he said, the blood alcohol level of the person arrested was allegedly more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Bryan Tulski, 27, of East Hartford, was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, D’Ancicco said.

The others arrested were:

– Alicia Colavolpe, 21, of East Haven. She was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to keep drugs in the original container.

– Steven Godiksen, 20, of Madison. He was charged with operating with a suspended license, possession of narcotics, use of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor.

– Wayne Kopylec, 20, of North Branford, who was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

– John Pierlioni, 20, of Wallingford, who also was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

– Jennifer Napolitano, 24, of New Haven. She faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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