EAST HARTFORD - A board of education member is in custody on $100,000 bail after being arrested and charged with driving drunk, striking two vehicles and trying to flee, police said.
Henry J. Pawlowski Jr., 41, of 48 Oxford Drive, suffered head injuries during the incident and remained in Hartford Hospital" id="PLCUL000160">Hartford Hospital today under police guard.
At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, an officer saw Pawlowski strike a vehicle
with his car in the area of 357 Main St., then drive away and strike
When officers confronted him, Pawlowski resisted arrest and had to be
forcibly removed from the car and arrested, police said. Officers also
had to use a Taser and pepper spray to control Pawlowski, and he was
bit by a police dog, police said.
At police headquarters, police said they found eight packages of marijuana on Pawlowski.
He was charged with evading responsibility, operating under the
influence, disobeying an officer's signal, interfering with police,
breach of peace, attempted assault on a police officer, third-degree
criminal mischief, possession/sale of marijuana, tampering with
evidence and failure to submit to fingerprints.
Mary Alice Dwyer Hughes, the chairwoman of the board of education, said
police informed her of Pawlowski's arrest this morning and she alerted
other board members, who she described as "very upset."
"I'm concerned about him. He's a dear friend of mine and he's been a
very valuable member of the board,'' Dwyer Hughes said. "These are very
serious allegations. I feel very badly about it."
She said she has never encountered such a situation and was going to
have examine board policies before determining what, if any, action to
take. She said she also wanted to speak to Pawlowski and would likely
gather the board together soon to discuss the arrest.
"This is so out of character for him,'' she said. "I've never faced
anything like this before...I'm not sure the direction we're headed on