Milford, CT- Police say a Harford firefighter was three times the legal limit when he caused a minor traffic accident late Thursday night.

Police were called to the scene of an accident just around 9:30 p.m. and found a car with a badly damaged rear-end. The passenger in the car complained of neck pain but declined to go to the hospital, NBC Connecticut reported.

Reports state that driver responsible for the accident fled the scene, but they were able to direct police to driver’s location about four miles away. When police arrived at the location they found a car with

That driver is 42 year-old firefighter Jeffery Vendetta and placed him under arrest.

At the police station, when Vendetta was given a breathalyzer test he registered a .236. For the second test, he registered a .236, both readings are three times Connecticut’s limit of .08, according to NBC.

Vendetta has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay until he appears in court.

In Connecticut a DUI conviction can entail jail time, mandatory loss of a driver’s license and may require the offender install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

NBC reported that Vendetta was has a previous DUI from 2001.

When it comes to a DUI charge, people often wonder: Why do I need a Connecticut DUI attorney?

Regrettably, too many people, don’t realize how serious a DUI can be and choose to enter and plea without first seeking out legal assistance. The legal consequences of a DUI conviction is just the tip of the iceberg. The costs of a DUI can linger long after a driver has completed their sentence. It may seem expedient to cop to the charges and move along. But with a DUI conviction you cannot simply move on, because you will continue to pay via the damage a conviction does to your reputation and future job prospects.

They may soon learn that having this charge on their record is more prohibitive than they first thought. A DWI conviction can prevent a person from: getting into a school of their choice, getting a professional license, or obtaining a better paying job. A DUI conviction can also restrict international travel and affect your right to buy a firearm.

Details of your case have an immense impact on the resulting penalties. Take Vendetta’s case for example, his extremely high blood alcohol level along with the fact he fled an accident scene could weigh heavily on the sentence he receives. Fortunately for him, his first DUI won’t count against him because it falls out of the ten-year look-back period, but his BAC alone could justify the maximum sentence.

The job of a Milford DUI attorney is to keep a DUI from being a burden or a barrier in your life. They understand how to secure a plea deal if that is the route their client wants or needs to take. If you want to take your case to court then your DUI attorney will fight for you.