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Trucker charged with DUI after crash shuts down I-91 Wednesday night

There were no injuries, but debris was scattered across the highway

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A truck driver was charged with driving under the influence after a crash that shut down the highway for hours Wednesday night.

Dennis Goncalves Medeiros, 46, was charged with: 

  • Risk of Injury to a Child
  • Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree
  • Operating Under the Influence
  • Failure to Maintain Lane

He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court in November. 

The crash, which involved a tractor-trailer, closed I-91 North between Exits 12 and 13. All lanes were closed due to debris in the roadway, North Haven Fire officials said.

Police said he had been traveling on I-91 northbound, just before Exit 13, when the tractor trailer began to swerve across all three lanes on the roadway. The tractor trailer made initial contact with a metal guard rail on the left median, at which point the tractor trailer lost a left rear tire. The tractor trailer then swerved across all three lanes and hit the wire-rope guard rail on the right shoulder of the highway. The metal beams being transported on the flat-bed of the tractor trailer were fell onto the roadway. 

I-91 northbound was shut down for approximately two hours, causing significant traffic delays, while the metal debris was cleared from the highway.

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