A Southington teenager is facing a multitude of charges stemming from the theft
of a motor vehicle and subsequent crash that took out two utility poles and
caused significant damage along West Street earlier this month.
Domenic Luongo, of 28 Milldale Ave. in Plantsville, turned himself into police
Wednesday afternoon after learning the Southington Police Department had
obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Luongo, 18, is facing a slew of charges including first-degree larceny,
third-degree burglary, using a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission,
second-degree criminal trover, interfering with police, evading responsibility
in an accident, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to
drive in proper lane. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
Police said Luongo caused significant damage and a road closure along West
Street on Sept. 12 after stealing a vehicle, taking it on a joy ride and eventually
crashing in the area of Round Hill Road.
“Investigation revealed that earlier in the evening Luongo stole a vehicle from
the area of Round Hill Road after finding the keys on the front seat of the
vehicle,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said in a press release. “Luongo drove the
vehicle around the town and while driving on West Street, he lost control of
The car struck two utility poles, causing significant damage and closing the
road to through traffic as the poles were replaced. Police said Luongo had fled
on foot following the accident.
As the vehicle was being removed from the scene, police found evidence within
the debris linking Luongo to the incident, police said. When he was initially
interviewed, Luongo denied any involvement with the theft of the vehicle or the
accident. Luongo later admitted to being involved in this incident.
is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on Oct. 7, police and court
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