Arrest made in wrong-way crash


SEYMOUR – State police arrested a Bethel woman for allegedly driving under the influence after a wrong-way car collision early Sunday morning Feb. 4 on Route 8.

State troopers assigned to Troop I in Bethany were dispatched to Route 8 Southbound before Exit 20 in Seymour at about 12:30 a.m. on a report of a crash involving a vehicle traveling the wrong way. EMS was dispatched as well, according to a state police press release.

Troopers investigating the scene discovered a 2006 Lexus RX 330 was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and had struck a 2012 Jeep Patriot. Heather Maton, 55, of Bethel, operated the Lexus SUV which hit the Waterbury man who operated the Jeep, the release states.

Maton reported no injuries while the Waterbury man reported possible injuries but declined medical assistance. Maton agreed to take a standardized field sobriety test, the release states.

Police transported Maton to Troop I where she was charged with operating under the influence, traveling the wrong way on a divided highway and second-degree reckless endangerment.

She was later released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and was scheduled for arraignment at Derby Superior Court on Feb. 16