Police: DUI for Woman, 31, Stopped Just After She Got on Interstate 95

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A 31-year-old woman behind the wheel of a white 2013 Jeep Cherokee on Tokeneke Road was stopped by a police officer shortly after 1:46 a.m. on Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated, Darien police said.

Police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

At 1:46 a.m., the officer saw the Jeep didn’t have its rear license plate lit, as required by law. The officer followed the vehicle onto Interstate 95 South, where the Jeep was traveling at 75 mph. The Jeep was pulled over.

Police did not report seeing any indications that her driving was affected by intoxication.

When talking to the driver, a Bethel woman, the officer saw her eyes were red and glassy and her speech was slurred. The officer also smelled an alcoholic drink. The woman said she had been drinking that night.

The woman didn’t perform field sobriety tests adequately, and she was charged with driving while under the influence and driving without an illuminated back license plate. At Police Headquarters a breath test showed her blood-sugar level at 0.0951, just above the 0.08 legal limit. A second breath test showed a level of 0.0898.

The woman was released to a friend at 3:30 a.m. on payment of a $300 bond. She was told her privilege to drive would be suspended for 24 hours, a standard practice under state law. She is scheduled to appear Oct. 30 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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