A Darien woman was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol after she was seen drifting back and forth between lanes and then stopped for 10 seconds at a yellow flashing light on the Post Road, police said.
Darien police gave this account of the incident (including accusations not proven in court):
Just before midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, a police officer saw a Jeep Wrangler being driven west on the Post Road just east of its intersection with Hecker Avenue. The vehicle drifted from the left lane to the right and back again.
Then it stopped for the light at the corner of the Post Road and Hecker Avenue, although the light was flashing yellow — not steady red, steady yellow or flashing red. No one needs to stop for flashing yellow lights. The Jeep was stopped for 10 seconds before moving, the officer observed. The officer pulled over the vehicle.
The officer smelled alcohol when talking with the 40-year-old driver. She had glassy eyes and had difficulty getting her license and registration. She said she had two glasses of wine that evening.
She did not successfully complete all field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while under the influence and failure to drive on the right side of the road. At Darien Police Headquarters, she did not perform a breath test well enough for it to be used, which is considered by police as a refusal. She was later released on $250 cash bond.
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