A 30-year-old man was asleep behind the wheel of a car stopped in the middle of the intersection of Hollow Tree Ridge Road and Allwood Road when an officer on patrol came by, police said.
Darien police gave this account of what happened next (including accusations not proven in court):
The officer saw the car, a Subaru sedan, at 1:53 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. He approached the vehicle and could see the driver was apparently asleep. It took several attempts for officers to rouse the man.
Once he was awake, the man was extremely confused. Police could smell an alcoholic beverage coming from him. He was given standard field sobriety tests, which he couldn’t perform to an acceptable standard, so he was arrested.
At police headquarters, a breath test showed the man’s blood-alcohol level at 0.2022 at 2:52 a.m. and at 0.1892 at 3:14 a.m., well over the state’s 0.08 legal limit for adult drivers.
He also told police that he didn’t have a valid driver’s license. The man, a resident of the Glenbrook section of Stamford, was charged with driving while under the influence and driving without a license. The man was released on $50 bond and is scheduled to appear Sept. 17 in state Superior Court in Stamford.