What caught the eye of a Darien police officer when a 26-year-old driver got off the northbound lanes of I-95 at Exit 11, then crossed the road and entered the highway on-ramp at 2:39 a.m., Saturday, was that the man went through a red light, police said.
According to the police account, which includes accusations not proven in court:
What caught the driver in a police stop was the officer seeing both that and the driver swerving in his lane when he got back on the highway.
After stopping the red Ford pickup truck, the officer saw, smelled and heard indications the man had been drinking — seeing the driver’s red, glassy eyes, smelling alcohol coming from him and hearing his slurred words.
When the driver, a Stamford resident, was given the chance to perform field sobriety tests, he didn’t do it to standard. He was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence and charged with failure to obey a traffic signal, as well.
At Police Headquarters, the man refused to take a breathalyzer test for blood-alcohol content. He was released after paying a $100 cash bond and is scheduled to appear Oct. 8 in state Superior Court in Stamford.