Police arrest driver for 2 DUI accidents

Rebecca Cello

Rebecca Cello

The Southington Police Department (SPD) announced the arrest of Rebecca Cello, 38, of Plantsville, on Saturday, July 18. Cello was arrested  and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, evading responsibility with a motor vehicle, and failure to drive right.

Cello was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 3.

The police investigation revealed that Cello was involved in a pair of motor vehicle accidents. The first was in the area of Main Street and Carter Lane, and the second was in the area of 897 South Main St.

Police received the first report of a motor vehicle accident, a collision with a utility pole on Main St., at approximately 10:38 p.m. on July 18 in the area of Carter Lane. Downed power lines had caught fire as a result of the accident.

Reports indicated that another vehicle was stuck within the area of the downed lines, and the occupants were told to remain in the vehicle until the lines could be cleared. That vehicle was removed from the area when it was deemed safe by Eversource Power.

At approximately 10:41 p.m., the SPD dispatch received a second report of a motor vehichle accident in the area of 897 South Main St.

Investigation showed Cello was operating her vehicle, traveling west on Main Street, when she lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a utility pole. After striking the pole, Cello’s vehicle, a Nissan Armada, struck a parked Honda Civic and continued on Main Street and southbound on South Main Street.

While traveling on South Main Street, Cello lost control of the vehicle and exited the roadway into a parking lot. While traveling in the parking lot, Cello’s vehicle struck another parked vehicle, a Lamborghini, and then came to rest after striking a utility trailer.

The Southington Fire Department and AMR responded to the scenes, as well as Eversource Power. Roads in the area were shut down for several hours until the poles and lines could be repaired and power was restored.

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