A 17-year-old Darien teenager got into a one-car accident in which one of his passengers received minor injuries on Nearwater Lane just before 11:52 p.m., Thursday, police said.
Darien police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:
The police announcement gave no details at all on the accident, but it may have rendered the vehicle, an orange Subaru, inoperable. A caller told police that it seemed the occupants of the car were trying to leave the scene, but were throwing bottles from the vehicle first.
When officers arrived at a spot on the roadway near 150 Nearwater Lane and saw three teenage boys walking north on Nearwater Lane, away from the car, which was on the side of the road and pointing north.
Police stopped the three and identified them as occupants of the Subaru. The driver, Alex Maier, 17, of Kensett Lane, Darien, told officers that he had been at Weed Beach Park, had driven away and then became distracted. He left the roadway and the car ended up on private property at 150 Nearwater Lane, which is quite close to the entrance of the park.
Although the police announcement gave next to nothing about the details of the accident, one of the charges against Maier was making an unsafe turn. Nearwater Lane is as straight a road as Darien has, and it doesn’t turn for a thousand feet north and a thousand feet south of the scene of the accident. There is, however, a turn from the road leading from Nearwater to the park.
Officers saw that Maier’s eyes were glassy and dilated and that he seemed to be under the influence of a substance. He also had difficulty explaining to police what had taken place just before the accident.
He took field sobriety tests at the scene and failed to perform them adequately. Police charged him with driving under the influence, reckless driving and making an unsafe turn.
At Police Headquarters, Maier took breath tests for his blood-alcohol content, which was 0.0697 at 12:04 a.m. and 0.0636 at 12:34 a.m. That’s below the legal limit for an adult aged 21 or over, but for those under 21, the limit is 0.02.
Maier submitted to field sobriety testing, which he failed to perform to standard. Based on the above, Maier was placed under arrest for the above charges.
He was released on a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear April 1 in state Superior Court in Stamford.