Cops: Woman Refuses to Give Over Keys to Car

Arrest information provided by the Milford Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.


A 22-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Milford Police arrested Taylor Copeland, age 22 of Meriden, after she allegedly became belligerent with Police and refused to provide the Officers with the key to her vehicle.

Subsequent to her arrest, a breathalyzer test revealed that Copeland had an elevated blood alcohol level.

Copeland was charged with DUI and interfering with police.

She was released on $500 bond with a November 30th court date.

If you have any questions about this Police Report, please contact Editor Ryan Sartor at ryan.sartor@patch.com

RONALD M GOLDWYN November 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
@Tartuga, the cops you are talking about are my police officers and I feel they are the finest in the state. If you have a complaint, put it in writing and send it to the chief. But please don't knock the entire force unless you can be specific with a problem. Personally I feel safe living here in Milford and they are worth every penny they receive.
C.S. November 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
They need the keys so that when they tow the drunk ladies car the wrecker doesn't have to drag it up onto a flatbed. Also those who question the police, especially theologies police are more than likely up to no good on one way or another. I myself have never had a problem with the cops, sure I've benn pulled over, but have been polite as they have a job to do. Got off with a pleasant warning both times.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
@CS You may be 100% correct as to why they need the keys, but is it a criminal act to refuse to give it to them? Once they have arrested the person they have her in their custody and that includes everything on her person, so where is the crime of withholding her keys?
C.S. November 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I just re-read the article and now I am not clear as to the keys being an issue at all, or whether or not that even needed to be printed. Perhaps the refusal of handing the keys over resulted in the interfering with police charge, but that charge usually get tacked onto most ever belligerent drunk who is being arrested anyhow. So perhaps handing the keys over was just something (as I stated before) that would facilitate moving the vehicle, but where never an issue for arrest? In which case I say we blame Ryan (just kidding Ryan I think you do a great job here on the Patch).
Ryan Sartor November 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Haha, thanks C.S. I included the 'refuses to give over keys' in the headline because it was part of the police report and is included in the police report and she was charged with 'interfering with police.' I often will include some detail from the report in the headline and the 'Cops:' is meant to signify that this what the Milford Police have written as having happened. Arrests do not indicate a conviction. Thanks for the feedback! It's always great to see a lively discussion in the comments.


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