Update: Driver of Jeep that hit 2 cars, overturned faces DUI charge
The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck two parked cars and flipped onto its roof on Grasmere Avenue late Saturday, injuring a passenger, has been charged with drunken driving.
Matthew Conte, 29, of Laurel Place in Bridgeport, was charged Saturday night with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was released after posting $100 cash bond and is scheduled to appear April 2 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Police said Conte failed field sobriety tests, and declined medical attention at the scene.
A passenger in his SUV, a 33-year-old Norwalk resident, suffered a severe injury to his right hand and was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, police said.
The crash took place about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, near the intersection of Grasmere and Roanoke avenues, when Conte's Jeep hit two unoccupied vehicles parked on Grasmere and overturned, police said. His Jeep suffered heavy front-end damage.
A red Jeep Wrangler struck by Conte's SUV was also heavily damaged and started leaking gasoline, firefighters said. Preventive steps were taken by fire crews at the scene to prevent the gas from igniting.