Some things just defy logic, and this is definitely one of them. This incident reconfirms my belief in karma though.
Early this morning my phone began ringing asking if I was aware of the latest antics of Mayor Segarra's former Chief of Staff, Jared Kupiec.It is one of those things I would have a hard time believing that someone was so stupid if I didn't have the utmost confidence in the source that was calling me.
Well here goes a crazy story. A Hartford police officer on routine patrol this morning observed several vehicles on Capitol Avenue near Main Street that had been broken into and windows smashed out. One of the vehicles was a 2010 Grey Ford Explorer, Ct registration 516XTU, which came back to the City of Hartford Police department, 50 Jennings Road, Hartford.
Neither the officer or HPD's fleet manager recognized the vehicle or the plate as one of their regular vehicles. Eventually another officer put two and two together and recognized the vehicle as the city car issued to Kupiec when he was Segarra's Chief of Staff..
Eventually Kupiec was apparently advised as to what was happening and he came out of the condo he rents , the same address where the vehicle was parked in front of. Kupiec apparently told the HPD officer that he had turned the vehicle in two weeks prior at City hall and he had no idea why it would be parked in front of his house.
Kupiec did volunteer to the officer that he did keep the spare key to the vehicle and had it in his possession.
Although Mayor Segarra , through his spokesperson, originally denied any knowledge of Kupiec's misuse of the car, Segarra later issued the following statement:""I was informed today that Jared Kupiec was using a City vehicle after the conclusion of his employment with the City of Hartford without authorization. I am deeply disturbed and disappointed by this news. We're getting all the facts and will act accordingly." Mayor Segarra.
HPD sources have confirmed that the arrest of Kupiec for taking the vehicle without the owners permission and interfering for lying to the officer is in process. Apparently the Hartford Police Department Internal Affairs Division is currently handling the matter.
More to come on this.