State Trooper Injured When Cruiser Struck by DUI Driver: Police

Connecticut State Police

A Connecticut State Trooper was taken to the hospital for minor injuries after his cruiser was hit during a traffic stop on Route 8 South in Seymour Sunday night. 

Police were stopping a car on Route 8 Northbound before the exit 24 on-ramp. 

The officer involved, identified as Troy Biigs, 42, was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation, Trooper Kelly Grant said. 

The driver of the car involved in the traffic stop was uninvolved and uninjured.

Police identified the driver who hit the trooper as Jeffrey Stella, 52, of Southbury, was taken into custody.

Stella was charged with DUI, operating under suspension, failure to move over/yield to emergency lights, traveling too fast for conditions, and traveling an unreasonable distance apart. He was issued a $1,000 bond and scheduled in court on Dec. 2.

The incident was reported at 6:22 p.m. and the highway was reopened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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