Police Reports: Boater Flees, Leaving Father and Son, 5, in the Water

Police arrested two people for DUI, arrested a man for disorderly conduct, assisted at Lake Zoar when a boat was capsized and are investigating the theft of six street signs.

The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.


Boat Capsized

A 35-year-old Wallingford man and his five-year-old son were pulled out of the water at Lake Zoar at around 11:26 Saturday morning after their boat capsized. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is trying to identify the boater who allegedly caused the accident and fled the scene.

Police said the father and son were in a Jon flat bottom boat near the Lake Zoar boat ramp when another boat sped by at close range, causing a big wake which flooded their vessel, causing it to capsize. The boater reportedly kept going, leaving the victims in the water.

Then another boater, a 55-year-old New Fairfield man, saw the father and son in the water, helped them into his boat and brought them to shore where they were treated by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Services personnel.

The boat that caused the accident is only described as a white boat with a big bow.


Disorderly Conduct

A Bridgeport man was arrested for breach of peace Friday at 11:05 p.m. after allegedly trying to enter his ex-wife's Monroe home.

Police received a complaint that David Salamacha, 55, was trying to break into the house and said he had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on him when officers found him sitting on the porch outside. He told the officers he lived there and was locked out, according to the report.

But his ex-wife told police he did not live there and was not welcome there. Salamacha was arrested and held on $500 bond and arraigned Monday morning.


DUI at Clocktower Square

A Milford man was arrested for DUI at around 7:25 Saturday night after someone called police to report that a black jeep that was driving erratically on Main Street turned into the Clocktower Square parking lot.

Police said officers received a complaint from another driver in the parking lot that the jeep had hit his car, adding the jeep was parked two feet over the parking line and resting on top of a BMW's bumper.

Then the driver of the jeep, Michael Kayser, 57, of Sunny Valley Road in Milford, walked out of Carl Anthony's restaurant. Police said Kayser had trouble speaking and had the strong of an alcoholic beverage on him. He said he parked his jeep there and it was fine, according to police.

Officers interviewed patrons of the bar and the bartender, who told them Kayser appeared to be intoxicated when he entered the restaurant, police said. Kayser also admitted to driving there and field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence, leading to his arrest, police said.

Kayser was charged with operating under the influence and released on $500 bond for an April 24 court date.


DUI on Route 111

A officer responding to the complaint of a white jeep driving erratically on Purdy Hill Road at around 3:14 Sunday afternoon found a vehicle fitting the description near Woodlawn Road. Police said the jeep then crossed the double yellow line after turning onto Route 111, leading to a motor vehicle stop.

The driver, Edward Hall, 43, or Cottage Street in Monroe, had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on him, spoke with a slurred speech and appeared to be in a daze, according to police. Field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence, leading to his arrest, according to the report.

Police said Hall later refused to participate in breathalyzer tests at headquarters.

Hall was charged with DUI and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for an April 24 court date.

His passenger, a 40-year-old Easton woman, appeared to be intoxicated and was brought to the police station where her mother picked her up, according to the report.


Missing Street Signs

A Turkey Roost Road man reported six street signs missing from his neighborhood Saturday.

He had seen a tan SUV parked at the intersection of Lynn Drive and Turkey Roost Road on April 7, then noticed that the signs were missing two days later, police said.

Police encourage residents to call right away whenever something in their neighborhood appears suspicious. The main number for the Monroe Police Department is 203-261-3622.


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