If you’ve got almost three times the legal limit for alcohol in your bloodstream, getting behind the wheel is a bad idea. Getting behind the wheel in that condition and then getting so angry at another driver that you follow her is a worse idea. Darien police say that’s what a 30-year-old man did early Sunday evening.
Right up to the Darien Police Headquarters on Hecker Avenue, where the victim drove, police said.
Here’s what else police said, including accusations not proven in court:
Police received a call from a woman who told them a red Toyota that had been following her, had been traveling extremely fast and almost struck her when she was parked in Rowayton, picking up her 11-year-old daughter.
When she called police, the woman told them that she was on Hecker Avenue. The dispatcher told her to pull in front of police headquarters.
A police officer in the building went outside, where the woman was parked. The officer saw the red Toyota directly behind the woman’s vehicle and told the operator to park.
The woman said that after the Toyota almost struck her vehicle in Rowayton, she motioned for the driver to slow down. The driver of the Toyota, Geovanny Morocho, 30, of Hawthorne, New York, then drove in a U-turn, yelled at the woman and stuck his tongue out at her as he passed, she said. When she drove away, that’s when Morocho started following her.
When that happened, she didn’t want to drive home and instead drove into Darien. As she made several turns, the Red Toyota continued following her.
Not wanting to drive home, she drove into Darien with the vehicle following her the entire time. After the vehicle continued to follow her as she made several turns, she contacted the Darien Police who instructed her to drive to the police department.
Police asked Morocho to get out of his car and noticed he was unsteady on his feet. When they spoke with him, he apologized for driving while intoxicated. He said he didn’t know where he was, but he thought he was only 10 minutes away from his home.
Morocho took field sobriety tests and failed to perform them to standard. He was arrested and taken inside Police Headquarters. Breath tests indicated his blood-alcohol level was 0.2291 at 8:20 p.m. and it was still rising, so that at 9:02 p.m. it was 0.2385 — just slightly below three times the 0.08 legal limit.
Along with driving while under the influence, Morocho, of Broadway Street in Hawthorne, was charged with driving a vehicle with the intent to harass or intimidate, driving without a license and breach of peace.
He couldn’t pay the $1,000 bond, spent the night in a jail cell and on Monday morning he was taken to state Superior Court in Stamford.