Drinking and driving is never encouraged, but for a New Britain man facing
multiple charges following a two-town drunk driving incident on Sunday, there’s
a second lesson to take from it. If you are hoping to avoid arrest, swerving
your way by a police station before initiating a chase will never end well.
Police said Monday that Michael Cordero, of 144 Jordan St. in New Britain, started
a police chase outside the Southington Police Department on Lazy Lane and
proceeded to end it with an accident just over the town line in Plainville
The good news is the accident proved minor and no one was injured in the
incident, police said.
“It was certainly an unusual case,” said Lt. Michael Baribault of the
Southington Police Department. “Cordero was seen around a shift change driving
east along Lazy Lane by the police department and swerving across the center
Baribault said one of the officers was preparing to leave the station back on
patrol and observed the behavior and followed Cordero, who was driving a Toyota
Camry. When she turned her lights on, however, Baribault said Cordero sped up
and turned left onto Queen Street and ran multiple stoplights while continuing
to increase speed.
The chase was called off in the interest of public safety, police said, and
Plainville was notified of a potential DUI heading their way.
Moments later, however, Southington received a call from Plainville police
reporting that the car had just been in an accident. When the officer went to
see the car and driver, the two departments were able to link Cordero to the
Cordero is facing charges including failure to maintain proper lane, five
counts of failure to obey traffic signal, engaging police in pursuit and
reckless driving. He is also facing driving under the influence, evading
responsibility and other charges in Plainville, according to police.
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