While attempting to locate a car and driver that fled the scene of an accident, Brookfield police instead arrested a New Fairfield man with the bad fortune to be driving a similar car.
Brookfield police were looking for a vehicle Thursday night that had left the scene of a crash in the area of Candlewood Shores when an officer saw a car of similar description driving on Twilight Lane in the Shores.
After the driver, 20-year-old William Johnson, III, of Southview Road, New Fairfield, parked and got out of the vehicle, the officer approached to speak with him and check for damage but found none. Johnson was ruled out as a suspect in the incident, however during the conversation with the officer he appeared to be impaired, according to police.
He failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was found in possession of prescription medications without a prescription, a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, operation of a motor vehicle in violation of a limited license, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $500 cash bond with a court date set for Jan. 29 in Danbury Superior Court.