Police: DUI for Man, 31, Swerving on Road, with Cocaine in His SUV

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A 31-year-old man driving an SUV that was swerving over the double yellow line on Hoyt Street was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, and cocaine was found in the vehicle, police said.

Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:

At about 2 a.m., a police officer saw a black 2005 Toyota 4runner swerving over the line on Hoyt Street south of Lynn Court. When the vehicle was pulled over, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from it, and the driver’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot.

The driver, a resident of Mulberry Street in Stamford, told the officer that he’d had two drinks that night.

The driver couldn’t correctly perform a sobriety field test and was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence. When police went through the vehicle for a standard inventory of its contents before it was towed away, an officer found a small plastic bag with a substance in it that later tested positive for cocaine. The man was charged with possession of narcotics.

At Police Headquarters, a breath test performed on the driver showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.1117 at 2:59 a.m. That’s over the legal limit for adult drivers — 0.08. A second test at 3:18 a.m. showed a blood-alcohol of 0.1113.

The man later posted a $369 and was released, although his driving privilege was suspended for 24 hours (a standard procedure). He is scheduled to appear Aug. 25 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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