Police: Man, 52, Locks Mother Out of Her Home, Drives Off in Her SUV While Intoxicated at 4X the Legal Limit

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A 52-year-old Darien man locked his mother out of her home on Patton Drive, then unlocked it and drove off in her SUV while intoxicated, according to police, who charged him with driving under the influence.

When his blood-alcohol content was tested, it was at about 0.32, according to police. That’s four times the legal limit.

Police gave this account, including accusations not proven in court:

At about 7:25 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, the woman called police, saying she was concerned about his possible intoxication while driving her 2024 Lexus. A second caller reported seeing the SUV being driven erratically. Officers found and stopped the vehicle on Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

The man admitted that he had been drinking, and he showed signs of being intoxicated. He was unable to adequately complete field sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

At Darien Police Headquarters he was given two breath tests. One showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.3257, a second one measured it at 0.3196. The legal limit of 0.08 is about one fourth of that.

Police said the man was cooperative while the arrest was processed, and he admitted consuming alcohol and marijuana earlier. He was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear July 18 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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