A rolled-over vehicle on the 4100 block of Elm Avenue was attributed to a drinking-and-driving incident. Brookfield police said that at 2:36 a.m., Aug. 27, they responded to a call about a vehicle crash and discovered a white Ford SUV overturned on the street. 

A black Chevy SUV parked on the west side of the street also displayed damage to its rear fender and wheel area.

The driver of the overturned white Ford SUV was found sitting on the curb near the accident scene. No passengers were in her vehicle. She initially claimed she was on her phone, which was mounted on the dashboard, when her vehicle inexplicably rolled over. 

Police said she appeared confused about the circumstances of the crash and she mentioned having consumed three White Claw alcoholic beverages earlier.

Officers detected an odor of alcohol inside the vehicle and discovered two White Claw cans. She told police these cans were from a week or two earlier and were stored in her car’s trash can. 

During field sobriety tests, the woman displayed difficulty following instructions and exhibited slurred speech. A preliminary breath test (PBT) returned a reading of 0.134. She was arrested and taken to the police department, where a breathalyzer test showed a result of 0.132.

She received citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, DUI, and DUI with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.08. She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26 at the Maybrook Court House.

Domestic dispute

An altercation between a man and two women, who both said they were his lover, led to the man’s hospitalization earlier in August, Brookfield police said. According to reports, officers responded to a call of a disturbance at the Pioneer Motel at Ogden Avenue in Brookfield around 10:45 p.m., Aug. 24. 

By the time they arrived, the situation had escalated into a domestic battery case.

Officers saw a male tenant of the motel who was standing outside with two female companions. He reportedly had been involved romantically with both women at different times. 

The man claimed one of the women struck him in the face and he had pushed her to create distance. He said he had done nothing wrong and that the unnamed female had struck him in the face.

When questioned again by the officers, the man said the woman had not struck him at all. He attributed his lack of recollection to drinking alcohol.

The other woman involved told police he had been involved with her and the other woman and she went to the man’s room to confront him about the situation.

After a heated exchange, the man allegedly followed the woman to the motel’s parking lot and struck her on the head. 

Police arrested the man for battery.

Two male witnesses confirmed the arguing, but said they did not see the physical altercation. However, security footage from the motel revealed the events leading up to the man’s arrest. 

He later was transported to MacNeal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Man charged after smashing car with a bat

An altercation in Brookfield took a destructive turn after an individual used a baseball bat to damage a vehicle in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 27.

About 1:49 a.m., the Brookfield Police Department received a call about a criminal damage report at Oak Ave. The complainant reported that a man dressed in white was striking his vehicle with a baseball bat.

Upon arriving at the scene, the police officers located both the man and the complainant at a Shell gas station on Ogden Avenue. 

The car’s owner had followed the man after witnessing the property damage. He told police he had been sitting in his parked car in the alley behind his residence when he noticed the man walking through the alley. 

About 30 minutes later, the man with the bat returned, walking in the opposite direction. He then struck the rear windshield of the complainant’s vehicle, shattering it. 

The man in the car confronted him, leading to a struggle over the baseball bat. During the altercation, the offender reportedly swung the bat at the accuser several times, narrowly missing him each time. Both men sustained injuries during the struggle. 

The man with the bat was arrested on charges of criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, and battery. During the investigation, police recovered the bat used in the altercation near the scene. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Brookfield Police Department, Aug. 28-31, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

Compiled by Amina Sergazina, Contributing reporter