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Portland HS Basketball Coach Faces DWI Charge

Police claim two officers narrowly escaped from being hit by the coach's car.

Christopher P. Serra. Glastonbury Police photo.
Christopher P. Serra. Glastonbury Police photo.

A Portland High School basketball coach was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge over the weekend, reportedly after he tried to drive through a police checkpoint.

According to a Middletown Press report, schoolteacher and basketball coach Christopher P. Serra, 33, of South Glastonbury, was arrested early Saturday, April 5 for reportedly trying to drive through a group of police cruisers from two towns conducting a traffic stop.

Glastonbury Police said Serra had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit, when he was arrested. Serra was released after posting $2,500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned April 23 in state Superior Court in Manchester, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch website. 

Officers from Glastonbury and Hartford police departments were conducting a traffic stop on Main Street in South Glastonbury shortly after midnight Saturday when Serra approached the scene from the north, police said.

For full details of the arrest, read the Middletown Press story here.

A teacher and coach in Middletown and Portland, Serra was named Portland High School head basketball coach last fall.

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