An intoxicated 43-year-old Darien man lost control of the Jeep Wrangler he was driving through the intersection of Raymond Street and Littlebrook Road, hit a mailbox and ended up with the Jeep flipped over onto its roof, police said.
The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was barely hurt in the accident shortly before 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 19. Police said that when a female officer approached him, he called her “Sir” several times, and when he later spoke to a male police officer, he called him “Ma’am.”
Update, 9:10 p.m.: Troy’s lawyer, Mark Sherman of Stamford, said in an email to Darienite.com that the accident was likely a result of weather-related road conditions rather than driver misconduct.
“We hope to resolve this case quickly and fairly in court, resulting in an ultimate dismissal of all charges,” Sherman said.
Darien police gave this further account of the incident and arrest, including accusations not proven in court:
When police went to the scene of the accident, the driver was standing by the upside-down, black 2013 Jeep Wrangler in the intersection.
Police determined the driver was heading South on Raymond Street when he lost control. He said he only had minor bruises on his arms and wrists from the accident. A Darien EMS-Post 53 ambulance arrived at the scene and treated him. He declined to be taken to a hospital.
Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Raymond St. and Littlebrook Rd. for the report of a rollover motor vehicle accident. Upon their arrival, they observed a black jeep lying on its roof in the roadway.
The operator of the jeep, identified as Mathew Troy, was standing next to his vehicle. A female Officer made contact with Troy, who responded several times calling her “Sir.”
He told police he was coming from the train station when a dog ran across the roadway. An officer noticed he was having trouble standing straight and asked him how he was. He said he was fine but shaken up from the accident.
Asked how much he had to drink, he said he had “two drinks in the city” before taking the train home.
At about this point in the discussion, he was calling the male officer “Ma’am.” He was asked to take field sobriety tests. When he did, officers found his performance wasn’t up to standard, and they arrested him on a charge of driving while under the influence. He also was charged with failure to grant right of way.
After he was handcuffed and about to get in the patrol car, the driver said, “You got me.”
At Police Headquarters, he refused to take a breath test. That refusal can result in the state Department of Motor Vehicles suspending his license for a longer period.
He was released on a $160 cash bond, and his driver’s license was seized for 24 hours (those arrested for driving while under the influence typically are not allowed to drive again for that period). He is scheduled to appear July 31 in state Superior Court in Stamford.
Editor’s note: As a reminder to readers, when Darienite has “Police:” or “: Police” in a headline, it means the headline is what police are saying. As we regularly state in our articles about arrests, the police account is not proven in court.