State Official Arrested After 4th DUI Arrest In New Haven

Trumbull, CT – 62-year-old Stephen Wright, who is a member of the State Board of Education, was taken into custody by the police as he failed to appear in court for a DUI charge.

It was his 4th driving under the influence charge within 3 months and he was caught by the cops on a warrant charging him with second-degree failure to appear in court.

Officials showed their concern for the safety of Wright as he was arrested for several DUI charges and he got divorced recently.

According to Trumbull First Selectman, Timothy Herbst, “I am grateful that Mr. Wright has been apprehended before any further injury to himself or other people. I hope that his family and his friends will help him through this very difficult time and get him any help that he might require.”

The post in the education board was given by Gov. Dannel Malloy to Wright and his spokesman said in a written statement, “The immediate concern is that Stephen seeks and receives help to deal with his present challenges—both legal and health wise. His role on the SBE while he is taking care of these issues will be addressed in due time.”

Details of his arrest were not made public by the police.

Court records showed that on 22nd of February, he was taken into custody for his 1st DUI charge. He was released from jail as he promised to appear in court on the scheduled date.

After 5 days of the 1st DUI charge, he was again charged for DUI in Shelton and his bond was set at $1,000, which he posted and was released from jail. Then on 17th of March, he was charged by the State police for DUI as well as failure to drive in the proper lane. That time, his bond was set at $500, which he posted and was free from jail.

For the 4th time, he was taken into custody for DUI on 10th of March and his charges included:

  • Operating while under suspension
  • Failure to carry registration/insurance

He promised to appear in court on the set date due to which he was released from jail. However, he didn’t; so an arrest warrant was issued on 20th of April.

He disconnected his home phone and he didn’t return any phone call to comment on the case.

He was working as a lawyer since 1981 and he was a graduate from Trumbull High School. He was appointed on the post of chairman of the town’s Board of Education from the time period starting 2005 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2013 after which he was appointed to the state board in 2015.

He got divorced on 28th of March.

He posted the $25,000 bond and was released from jail. He is summoned to New Haven Superior Court on 9th of May. He will also have to appear in Superior Court for a DUI charge the same day.

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