Police: DUI for Darien Man, 19, Caught Driving With More Alcohol Than ‘Zero Tolerance’ Law Allows

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According to New Canaan police, a 19-year-old Darien man drove in New Canaan just after midnight Friday with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit for a driver his age.

His level wasn’t particularly high for an adult — except under the state’s “zero tolerance law” that disallows driving for those under 21 with a BAC of 0.02 or above. For drivers age 21 and older, a blood-alcohol content of less than 0.08 is acceptable.

This article previously was published by NewCanaanite.com.

New Canaan police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

At about 12:51 a.m. on Jan. 3, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle going faster than the 25 mph speed limit on Farm Road near its intersection with White Oak Shade Road.

After the vehicle was pulled over and the officer spoke with the driver, the officer noticed signs of impairment. An alcoholic drink was found with the man.

The driver took field sobriety tests (the account didn’t say whether the man passed them). According to a breath test he was given later, the result was a blood-alcohol level of 0.054.

Police also cited him for speeding and possession of alcohol by a person under age 21 on a public street, both infraction-level offenses.

He is scheduled to appear Jan. 15 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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