Officers accused of drinking on the job appear in court

Connecticut

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut police officers accused of drinking alcohol and not responding to calls while on duty appeared before a judge Wednesday for the first time since their arrests last month.

Norwalk officers Sara Laudano and Michael Dimeglio were arraigned on larceny and reckless endangerment charges in Norwalk Superior Court. They did not enter pleas and remain free on bail. Both were placed on administrative leave.

Laudano applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a probation program that could result in the charges being erased from her record. Dimeglio’s lawyer, Raymond Hassett, said he is seeking to review the police evidence before deciding on whether to apply for the same program.

Neither Hassett nor Laudano’s attorney, Jessica Kordas, addressed the allegations against the officers.

Police officials said the two officers were found at the Even Hotel shortly before 1 a.m. on Oct. 10 after Laudano did not respond to calls over the police radio or her cellphone. Police said the two were “not in a condition to respond to calls.”

Norwalk police said Laudano and Dimeglio, who have a baby together, drank beer before and during their shifts, and Laudano at one point drove with the child in her cruiser, before they were found at the hotel.

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