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Patriots Fan Arrested Before Super Bowl to Prevent Possible Accidents

On February 5, 2017, following the 51st Super Bowl game, a man who authorities came to believe was driving under the influence of alcohol was involved in a hit-and-run accident when his vehicle made impact with a bicyclist. He reportedly drove off quickly without stopping after the incident took place.

An investigation to locate the perpetrator of the accident, which occurred in Laguna Niguel, was opened by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Their findings led them to believe that the person responsible for the event was 53-year-old Timothy Anthony Cronin.

As a part of their year-long inspection of the evidence, authorities collected statements from people who had been in his presence that day, and those interrogated informed deputies that Cronin, a proclaimed New England Patriots fan, was allegedly intoxicated on Super Bowl Sunday in 2017. Investigators surmised that Cronin was on his way home from a celebration and under the influence when the accident took place.

All of the information pertaining to the accident was turned over to the District Attorney’s office, and a decision was made to grant a warrant for Cronin’s arrest for felony hit-and-run and DUI, as stated by the sheriff’s department’s Public Information Manager Carrie Braun.

Deputies spotted Cronin leaving his home last Sunday morning before the Patriots went up against the Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl game. They chose this time to take Cronin into custody due to their belief that he would endanger the public by partaking in activities involving alcohol which would lead to his alleged intoxication again and risk another accident.

Cronin was taken to Orange County Jail and released that evening following the football game, and after posting $50,000 for bail.

If you or someone you love is suspected of DUI, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.