Chief Boyne involved in three-vehicle crash
Updated 2:21 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chief Shawn Boyne of the New Milford Police Department was treated and released Jan. 14 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington following a three-vehicle crash, according to New Milford's personnel director, Alan Chapin.
Boyne was involved in a three-vehicle accident onRoute 202 in Bantam that afternoon.
The accident occurred Jan. 14 at 2:38 p.m. about one-half mile east of Mt. Tom State Park when a 2004 Ford F150, driven by Gonzalo Vavedne, of Morris, crossed the double-yellow line into the oncoming eastbound lane and was struck by a 2014 Dodge driven by Christopher Milano of Brewster, N.Y., according to police.
The impact pushed Milano's car, severely damaged, into the right-side guard rail of the eastbound lane. It then crossed the westbound lane and traveled off the westbound shoulder into the woods, police said.
Boyne, who was driving an NMPD-registered Ford Explorer, attempted to swerve to the left to avoid Vavedne's truck but was struck with such force his vehicle was tipped onto its driver side wheels, spun around and traveled off the westbound shoulder, coming to final rest completely off the road against a ledge wall facing westbound, according to police.
Boyne's vehicle sustained severe damage to the passenger side rear quarter and under carriage.
Bantam fire and ambulance volunteers responded to the scene.
All three vehicles were towed from the scene.
Neither Boyne nor Milano were taken to the hospital.
Vavedne was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington by Bantam Ambulance, complaining of shoulder pain.
He was later arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to drive right, according to police.
Vavedne was released on $5,000 bond for a Jan. 20 court date at Superior Court in Bantam.