- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) - State police are searching for a car and its driver after the vehicle collided with a cruiser at a drunken driving checkpoint in Southbury.

Police said troopers were conducting the spot check on Saturday night at a westbound off-ramp from Interstate 84 when the driver, attempting to evade the check, backed down the off-ramp and struck the parked cruiser, which was unoccupied. The car, described as a newer model silver Infinity, then continued in the direction of Waterbury.

State police reported Sunday morning that they had made 29 drunken driving arrests over the holiday weekend so far in Connecticut. They had also issued more than 850 speeding tickets.

Police said there were 176 accidents reported through midnight Sunday, including 20 with injuries, and one fatality.

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