DUI Case Involving Derby FD Vehicle Could Be Resolved

A DUI case involving a Derby fire department vehicle appears headed toward resolution.

Patrick McGuire, a Seymour resident, was charged with allegedly taking an off-road vehicle on a drunken joyride after last year’s Derby-Shelton Memorial Day Parade.

McGuire appeared in court Monday (April 9).

His lawyer told a judge the case is being worked out.

He asked for a two-week continuance so McGuire could get money together to pay fines.

A prosecutor indicated McGuire would be pleading to DUI as a first-time offender.

The prosecutor did not discuss any other details of the offer, but typically first-time offenders receive suspended jail sentence and probation.

“We are in a position of resolving this case,” Charles E. Tiernan III, a lawyer representing McGuire, told Judge Peter Brown in court. “We just need two weeks for the fine monies.”

Judge Brown continued the case to April 23.

McGuire was arrested Oct. 19, 2017.

According to an arrest warrant, emergency responders were sent to a motor vehicle accident 3:30 p.m. May 29 in front of a condominium complex at 233 Derby Ave.

Police saw a Kubota off-road vehicle on its side. The vehicle belonged to Paugassett Hook and Ladder, a Derby volunteer fire department company, according to police.

McGuire is not a member of the Paugassetts’. At the time of the crash he was wearing the uniform of an Ansonia fire company, and had been allegedly drinking for most of the day, including at a party at the Paugies’ on Route 34.


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