Drunk driver who hurt two Wiltonians charged with assault

The husband of a Ridgefield selectwoman is facing assault charges after he drunkenly struck a car containing two Wilton residents, Redding police report.

Paul Masters, 59, of South Salem Road, husband of Selectwoman Di Masters, has pled not guilty to charges ranging from driving under the influence to second degree assault with a motor vehicle.

The charges stem from a two-car accident on Route 107 in Redding on Nov. 17.

Redding police said Mr. Masters was driving north on Route 107 when his car crossed the centerline and collided with a car driven by Deborah Rowland, 49, of Wilton. Mr. Masters, Ms. Rowland and her teenage son, who was a passenger in her car, were all taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The state court system reports that the charges, filed Jan. 25, were: Illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; failure to grant one half the highway; assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle, a Class D felony; and assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Masters declined to comment on the charges.

He was released on a promise to appear in court and is due back in the Danbury court March 21.