A 46-year-old Darien man is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and with two children in the vehicle on Saturday — at just about the same spot where he was charged three years ago with DUI, and driving with two kids in the vehicle.
He also was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, a felony — both this time and last time.
Darien police described the most recent arrest with this account (containing accusations not proven in court):
Corey Davis of Salisbury Road was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban south, past a road work site on Middlesex Road near its intersection with High School Lane at about 11 a.m.
An off-duty police officer on traffic detail at the work site noticed that the SUV was traveling extremely slowly past the construction area. Then the vehicle stopped, about five feet from the officer. The driver, later identified as Davis, had a blank stare on his face and seemed confused.
When the officer approached Davis and asked if he needed assistance, the officer smelled alcohol and told Davis to pull over. Davis parked on High School Lane.
The police officer then took the vehicle’s keys and radioed police headquarters for more officers. The officer also noticed two young boys, whose ages were later found to be 8 and 10 years old.
The responding police officers immediately smelled alcohol when they spoke with Davis, and his eyes were seen to be dilated; his movements, very slow; his speech, slurred, and there was a long delay before he answered a question. He seemed to be unsteady on his feet and held onto the driver’s side door for support as he spoke to the officers.
But he said he had not been drinking alcohol. He hadn’t slept the night before, he said.
The two boys in the back seat were his children, he said.
Davis did not complete all the field sobriety tests given to him. He was pulled out of sight of his children, arrested, put in handcuffs and taken to Darien Police Headquarters without incident. A few minutes later, a family member arrived and picked up the children. The vehicle was parked nearby.
At the police station, Davis spoke with a lawyer, then told police he would have nothing to say and would not submit to any breath tests. By this point it was 12:26 p.m.
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His bond was set at $2,000, which he posted by 2:21 p.m., and a different family member stopped by to take him home.
At one point, Davis told police he previously had been arrested for driving while under the influence.
Back in 2013, according to a Darien Patch article, Davis drove a Chevrolet Suburban into two light poles, two stone walls and a mailbox in front of the United Methodist Church on Middlesex Road — which sits at the northwest corner of the same intersection where Davis was arrested on Saturday.
After a passer-by called police, they arrived to find the SUV with heavy front end damage, deployed airbags and rear tires shredded completely off the rim.
The two children found in the vehicle with Davis were ages 6 and 7, according to the report, which cited police statements (ages not inconsistent with the ages of the two children in the vehicle in the most recent incident.)