Police: West Hartford DUI driver struck trooper's cruiser in construction zone

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Richard Harris, 57, of Lawler Road in West Hartford, Conn., was charged with operating under the influence in a construction zone, failure to maintain a proper lane in a construction zone and failure to obey an officer's signal in a construction zone.

Richard Harris, 57, of Lawler Road in West Hartford, Conn., was charged with operating under the influence in a construction zone, failure to maintain a proper lane in a construction zone and failure to obey an officer’s signal in a construction zone.

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HARTFORD — A West Hartford man faces a driving under the influence charge after hitting a trooper’s cruiser in a construction zone early Friday morning, state police said.

A Connecticut State Police accident summary report indicated the crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. Friday on Interstate 91 near Exit 32 in Hartford.

A state police trooper was driving north on I-91 with emergency lights activated while working on a construction pattern detail, the report said.

Richard Harris, 57, of Lawler Road in West Hartford, drove into the construction zone, hitting the driver’s side of the trooper’s cruiser, the report said.

The trooper, who was in the vehicle with a K-9 partner at the time, was unhurt, state police said, adding that the police dog was also not injured.

As police investigated, they learned Harris was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, according to the report. Harris, who was not injured, was taken into custody.

He was transported to Troop H and processed on charges of operating under the influence in a construction zone, failure to maintain a proper lane in a construction zone and failure to obey an officer’s signal in a construction zone.

He was held on a $500 bond.