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A Connecticut man driving the wrong way and under the influence struck several cars overnight, according to state police.

Troopers responded to a report of a wrong-way driver traveling north in the south lanes on I-91 in North Haven just before 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

While responding, it was reported that the same vehicle struck multiple cars and continued northbound.

Troopers successfully located, and stopped the vehicle, on southbound I-91 south between Exits 14 and 15 in Wallingford. 

The operator was identified as Matteo Annunziata, age 55, of Middletown, said state police. 

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Annunziata was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, said police. 

Annunziata was transported by EMS to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation and was subsequently placed under arrest. 

Annunziata has been charged with:

  • Evading responsibility with a motor vehicle, 
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 
  • Failure to maintain established lane, 
  • Operating the wrong way on a limited-access highway.

He was released on a $2,500 non-security bond and is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on October 29.

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Output rose 1.8 percent in the July through September period while the number of hours worked rose 7,4 percent. The figures are seasonally adjusted and annualized.

From the third quarter of 2020 to the third quarter of 2021, nonfarm business sector labor productivity fell 0.6 percent. This four-quarter rate is the largest decline since the fourth quarter of 1993, when the measure also declined by the same amount.

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Unit labor costs soared at an annual rate of 9.6 percent in the third quarter of 2021, reflecting a 3.9-percent increase in hourly compensation and the decline in productivity. Unit labor costs increased 6.3 percent over the last four quarters.

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