DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury Police Chief Alan Baker is defending his department's handling of incidents involving a former mayor by saying Gene Eriquez got no special treatment from the department investigating domestic violence and drunk-driving incidents, according to newstimes.com
Questions have been raised about why Eriquez was not jailed after his assault arrest in which it's alleged that he beat his wife last Sunday after returning home drunk. Eriquez, chairman of the city's Democratic Party, was also not prosecuted after two car crashes in the last several years, even though officers reported smelling alcohol on his breath, newstimes.com reports.
Baker said authorities have confidence that Eriquez will show up to court for the domestic violence incident and that's why he was released. As for the drunk-driving incidents, officers often use verbal warnings rather than citations, Baker told the newstimes.