Driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee faces DUI charge

Reports confirm that the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been charged with drunken driving. He struck two parked cars and flipped onto its roof on Grasmere Avenue and injured a passenger.

The incident took place late Saturday about 11:15 p.m. near the intersection of Grasmere and Roanoke Avenues when the Jeep hit two unoccupied vehicles parked on Grasmere and overturned, police said. The Jeep suffered heavy front-end damage.

29-year-old Matthew Conte was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was released after posting $100 cash bond and is scheduled to appear on April 2 in Bridgeport Superior Court. He belongs to Laurel Place in Bridgeport. He was charged on Saturday night. However, police said that Conte failed field sobriety tests and declined medical attention at the scene.

According to a firefighter, a red Jeep Wrangler struck by Conte’s SUV was also heavily damaged. After the crash, it started leaking gasoline. However, preventive steps were taken by fire crews at the scene to prevent the gas from igniting.

The 33-year-old passenger in the SUV suffered severe injury to his right hand. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. He is a Norwalk resident.

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