A police officer saw a car being driven too fast on Old Kings Highway South at 1:20 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and wound up charging the man behind the wheel with driving while intoxicated, police said.
Darien police gave this account of the matter (including accusations not proven in court):
The officer believed the car was traveling at about 45 mph in a zone clearly marked as 25 mph. When the car went over speed bumps on the road, the officer could see the rear tires leave the pavement around at least one of the speed bumps.
When the car, a gray 2016 BMW X3, was stopped on the road, near its intersection with McCrae Lane, the driver said he had been drinking earlier. He tried but wasn’t able to complete any of the field sobriety tests he was given.
The man was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast for road conditions.
At Police Headquarters, the man refused to take breath tests (a decision which can lead to more severe treatment by the state Department of Motor Vehicles).
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He was later released on $500 bond, which is higher than the usual amount for a driving while under the influence charge. A police spokesman did not know why the bond was that high, and the police report didn’t explain it.