Police: Jogger Critically Injured When Struck by Drunk Driver

Police have arrested the 72-year-old man accused of hitting the man in North Haven, Conn.

Police have arrested the 72-year-old man accused of driving drunk when his car struck and critically injured a jogger on Route 17 in North Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, Theodore Spalding of North Haven was driving southbound on Route 17/Middletown Avenue around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday when his car hit a 21-year-old man jogging on the opposite side of the road.

"I didn't hear a screech or anything. I just heard, 'boom,'" said Christina D'Amico, who witnessed the crash. "It didn't sound like a person got hit because it was so loud."

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was unconscious at the scene when emergency crews arrived. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition, police said.

Police have not yet released his name.

Spalding failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at the scene, according to police. He's charged with driving under the influence and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.

Route 17 was closed between Cloudland Road and Great Meadow Drive for several hours while authorities responded to the crash.

Spalding is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court.

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