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Cops: Witness trails driver who struck two cars, tree

Updated 11:05 am, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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A Fairfield motorist who struck two cars and a tree on Black Rock Turnpike on Saturday was arrested after another motorist followed her to a Papurah Road home.

Jessica Rodrigues, 34, of Country Road, was charged with two counts of evading responsibility, two counts of no license and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to follow a reasonable distance apart, passing in a no-passing zone and failure to carry insurance.

Rodrigues was driving north in the 2500 block of Black Rock Turnpike about 11:24 a.m. Saturday when she struck the car in front of her and her car wedged under its bumper, police said. Rodrigues then backed up her car and continued driving, police said.

A short distance later, Rodrigues, who was in the right-side travel lane, attempted to pass a car in front of her and sideswiped it, causing her car to spin and drive along the front yard of a house before crashing into a tree, police said. Rodrigues then drove off from that accident, and with another driver following her, drove to a home on Papurah Road and parked the car. Police said the car belonged to the Papurah Road resident.

The Mazda's front bumper was recovered at the scene of the second accident, and officers reported 50 feet of tire tracks in the yard on Black Rock Turnpike, according to the report.

The witness, who first noticed the incidents while at a Citgo gas station, followed the car Rodrigues was driving after seeing the first accident and called police.

Rodrigues failed field sobriety tests outside the Papurah Road house, police said. She was taken to police headquarters, where she refused a breath test and urine test, and complained of feeling dizzy, police said. She was taken to Bridgeport Hospital as a result.

Rodrigues was released on a promise to appear Jan. 7 in Bridgeport Superior Court.