Apparently no one was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday night, Jan. 18, but one of the drivers was charged with driving under the influence and with committing a traffic violation, police said.
Darien police gave this account of the incident and arrest, including accusations not proven in court:
Christopher Kuczo, 27, of Stamford, was driving a 2015 Subaru XV, a sport utility vehicle just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of Red Barn Road and Middlesex Road (a few hundred feet from the Stamford border) when the SUV came into contact with a 2016 BMW 528 being driven by another driver. Kuczo told police he was turning onto Red Barn Road when the accident happened.
Kuczo’s vehicle received minor damage to its front passenger-side door, and the SUV’s airbag deployed. The BMW’s right front bumper also received minor damage.
Both Kuczo and the other driver declined an offer from Darien EMS-Post 53 to be taken to a hospital.
Police saw Kuczo was unsteady on his feet, and his speech was slurred. They also noticed the smell of alcohol on him. An officer asked him if he’d been drinking any alcoholic beverages that evening. He said he had.
Kuczo didn’t perform a standard field sobriety test to a minimum standard and was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence. He also was charged with failure to yield while making a left turn.
At Darien Police Headquarters, Kuczo refused to take a breath test for blood-alcohol content. He was later released after paying 10% of a $1,000 bond. Kuczo, who lives on Cypress Drive in Stamford, is due to appear Jan. 27 in state Superior Court in Stamford.