Cops probe if alcohol was factor in Holland Hill crash
FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating whether alcohol was involved in a one-car accident on Holland Hill Road Saturday afternoon.
Police received several 911 calls about the crash on Holland Hill, near Wakeman Road, around 4 p.m. Saturday.
The driver, Paul Hellar, 22, of Duxbury, Mass., lost control of his car while negotiating a curve and after nearly striking an oncoming car, hit a stone wall an utility pole, according to the report. Hellar allegedly told officers he was driving “ridiculously fast” and he had spent the day drinking vodka and smoking pot, according to the report.
A former Fairfield University lacrosse player, Hellar was charged with driving under influence on campus March 28, 2015. According to police at the time, he struck two parked cars and left the scene. Asked his name during that investigation, he replied with a profanity, police said. In addition to being charged at that time with DUI, Hellar was also charged with evading responsibility and operating without a license.
In 2013, Hellar had been charged with possession of alcohol by a minor when he was spotted by police walking down Fairfield Beach Road with an open bottle of beer.
Police were called to Samuel Lane in December 2012, when a homeowner called to report someone knocking on their front door at 1:30 a.m. It was Hellar, according to that police report, and he was soaking wet and wearing only one shoe. He did not know where he was, and was taken to the hospital due to intoxication, according to the report.