When a driver traveling extremely slowly on Old Farm Road pulled alongside a police patrol car and stop, police thought the driver seemed to want to make contact with them to tell them something, and they approached the vehicle, police said.
So when the driver suddenly drove off, police didn’t know what to make of her actions, according to police, who described what happened next with this account, including accusations not proven in court:
The officers followed and stopped the car several hundred feet away, still on Old Farm Road and near the Tokeneke School entrance. It was about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Police spoke with the driver. Asked why she had driven so slowly and then stopped next to the patrol car, she said she was just trying to wave hello to the officers.
(Darienite is not naming the driver or publishing her arrest photo or address, but she appeared quite happy in the photo, and she wasn’t headed in the right direction if she was going home.)
As they spoke to the driver, they could smell the odor of an alcoholic drink coming from her. In answer to their question, she said she had been drinking.
At the officers’ request, she performed field sobriety tests outside the car, but failed to perform them to an acceptable standard, and police arrested her on a charge of driving while under the influence.
At Police Headquarters, she agreed to submit to a breath test for her blood-alcohol content, but she failed to follow the instructions for providing the breath sample.
She later posted $250 bond and is scheduled to appear Dec. 12 in state Superior Court in Stamford.