Stamford man charged in drunken driving crash that injured passenger

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Photo: Stamford Police Department / ContributedThe new Stamford Police Headquarters is having an open house this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

STAMFORD — A 20-year-old city man is accused of a drunken driving crash that critically injured his passenger, police said.

Saba Suguladze, 20, of Stamford, turned himself in Friday morning on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence and reckless operation.

Police said the investigation revealed Suguladze was drunk and speeding when he crashed his car June 20 in the area of Cove Road, just east of Van Buskirk Avenue.

Suguladze’s passenger, 22-year-old Miguel Machado, also of Stamford, remains hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

Police said Suguladze was traveling eastbound on Cove Road around 4:20 p.m. when he lost control of his BMW, struck a curb and spun out into a utility pole.

Suguladze suffered minor injuries in the crash, but was released from the scene.

Suguladze was arrested Friday and is being held on $100,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on Friday.

3 arrests in 4 days equals 1 really bad week

3 arrests in 4 days equals 1 really bad week for Kentucky man

A Kentucky man could not stay out of jail last week, as he was arrested three times in a four-day span.

Devin Roberts, 32, of Bardwell, faces nine total charges and will be arraigned July 1 for each of his arrests.

In his first arrest on June 25, he was accused of stealing a large waterproof container that includes “new tools, emergency lights, hydraulic pumps and other materials” belonging to the City of Bardwell, the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Roberts called the sheriff’s office about the materials and said he took them from the city dump, according to an arrest citation. Mayor Phillip King said the materials were not next to a dumpster, but rather in a city building.

The container was valued at $2,000 and the materials were worth more than $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Two days later, he was the subject of another sheriff’s investigation following an incident at a Bardwell grocery store.

Employees at the grocery store said an intoxicated man tried to start a physical fight with a juvenile male employee and made obscene remarks at the store’s female employees, the sheriff’s office said.

Roberts was identified as the suspect and the county’s sheriff went to his home, officials said. The sheriff found Roberts “passed out in the front seat of a running vehicle” at the home, the sheriff’s office said.

Roberts had two previous driving under the influence convictions and his license had been suspended, according to the sheriff.

The suspect’s 3-year-old son was inside the home with another adult who was intoxicated, the sheriff said. The Department of Social Services were called and the child was released to a family member.

Roberts was charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, menacing and disorderly conduct, court records show.

He was released on a cash bond for the second time in the week, but Roberts was met by sheriff personnel again June 28. 

A deputy pulled over an alleged drunk driver Sunday and Roberts was in the passenger seat, the sheriff’s office said. Roberts “was also manifestly under the influence of alcohol as well,” according to a citation.

The possession and consumption of alcohol were against his bond conditions from earlier in the week, court records show.

He was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and violations of conditions of release.

Jail records show Robert remained in the Ballard County Detention Center Monday afternoon.