FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield police are holding Rosa Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina, the woman arrested Monday in a speeding six-car pileup at Cumberland Farms, after receiving a detainer order from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Fairfield police had issued an arrest warrant for Chavarria-Medina, 31, but had been unable to locate her after she left the hospital after the crash, police said. She was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.3, three time the legal limit, when the crash occurred off Exit 24 for Interstate 95.
Chavarria-Medina, 31, was arrested Monday after she went to the Bridgeport Police Headquarters to ask about getting a copy of the accident report from the March 31 crash on Kings Highway in Fairfield.
According to the police report, the Bridgeport sergeant said she seemed confused about where the accident had taken place.
While speaking with Chavarria-Medina, a clerk at the Bridgeport station recognized her name and told the sergeant she was wanted in the crash. He then contacted Fairfield police.
She was transported to the Fairfield station and charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, failure to obey a stop sign, failure to grant half of the highway, reckless driving and first-degree reckless endangerment.
She was held on $5,000 bond. No court date was released.
As she was being processed, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of the arrest. ICE then sent the police department a detainer order stating that ICE would take custody of Chavarria-Medina.
According to police reports, she had been driving a 1998 black Nissan Maxima south on Interstate 95 and took Exit 24 for Chambers Street. Her car sped south off the exit ramp, careened through the parking lot and came to rest at the Cumberland Farms building after striking five other vehicles, Fairfield police said.
Four people, including Chavarria-Medina and an 18-month-old child, were sent to the hospital after the crash.
A video of the crash can be scene on the Fairfield Police Department's Facebook page.
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