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Police: DUI for Darien Man After He Drives Into a Utility Pole

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Neither a 60-year-old Darien man driving on Mansfield Avenue around midnight on Dec. 10 to 11 nor his female passenger received any major injuries after he hit a utility pole, police said. He was, however, charged with driving while under the influence. Darien police described the incident and arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court). When police arrived at the scene of the accident, near the intersection of Mansfield Avenue and Fox Hill Road, the air bags were deployed for the front seats of the man’s black 2006 E Class Mercedes-Benz car.

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Police: Woman, 27, Charged with DUI, Thought She Was in Stamford

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When a Darien police officer spoke with a woman, 27, later arrested on charges of driving while under the influence on Tokeneke Road, the woman was asked if she knew where she was parked, police said. According to the police report, she responded that yes, she knew where she was: “I’m in Stamford.” Darien police described what happened with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At about 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, Darien police were called to a lawn in front of a business at 120 Tokeneke Road, where a white BMW was parked and a state police trooper was already on the scene. The trooper said she had been flagged down by a driver on Interstate 95 who told her that a person in a vehicle appeared to be in distress on Tokeneke Road.

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Police: Woman, 48, Charged with DUI After Driving Intoxicated on Pot, Alcohol or Both

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A 48-year-old woman who couldn’t pass a field sobriety test was charged with driving while under the influence, although she couldn’t or wouldn’t submit to a urine test and police did not request a breath test, Darien police said. According to the police report, she said she had a small amount of alcohol earlier the night she was arrested. Police found a potent liquid with the active ingredient of marijuana on her and the strong odor of marijuana when they spoke with her. But with no tests done, they don’t know what substance caused her to be unable to complete the field sobriety test. Police described the incident and her arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At 12:30 a.m., a police officer on patrol was driving east on the Post Road when the officer saw a vehicle going south on West Norwalk Road with its hazard lights blinking.

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Police: DUI for Man, 61, After His Vehicle Hit Parked Car

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A 61-year-old man was intoxicated at about 5:15 p.m., Sunday, when he backed his car into another vehicle, damaging it, and then drove away, Darien police said. Darien police described the incident with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At 5:15 p.m., police were called by the owner of the parked car, who said the other vehicle, a 2002 Audi S8, drove away. The victim followed the Audi to a parking lot at 157 Rowayton Ave. in Rowayton, about a mile away, and Darien police went there. The Audi driver, who lives on Shorefront Drive in Norwalk, was still sitting in his car and the engine was running when police arrived.

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Woman, 23, Charged with DUI in 2:47 AM Incident

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A Darien police officer driving on Interstate 95 spotted a car driving as slow as 45 mph and then as fast as 75, changing lanes without signaling and swerving within the lane, so the car was pulled over, police said. The driver was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, among other charges. Police described the incident and arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

The officer was driving on the northbound side of the highway at 2:47 a.m. when the car, a 2013 Dodge Dart, was seen as it approached the Darien North rest stop. The officer activated emergency lights and had the car pull over. The driver was directed to park in the lot at the rest stop.

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DUI Charge for Darien Man, 21, After Crash Ejects One Passenger, Injures Another

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A 21-year-old Pleasant Street man was arrested Friday on charges of intoxicated and reckless driving after an Aug. 20 crash in which two of his passengers were injured, including one ejected from the vehicle, police said. The driver, James Reilly of 21 Pleasant St., was taken to a hospital along with the two passengers, and Darien police began investigating the accident. As part of the investigation, police used a search warrant to get Reilly’s medical records, which showed that his blood-alcohol content was higher than the 0.08 legal limit. Police then applied for and eventually received an arrest warrant charging Reilly with DUI, reckless driving, making an improper turn and two counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.

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Midnight DUI for Woman, 55, on Tokeneke Road

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Just as a 55-year-old woman got off the Exit 12 ramp on Tokeneke Road, a police officer saw her car swerve in its lane and cross the double yellow line, an observation that led to an arrest for driving while under the influence, police said. Darien police described the incident and arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At 12:19 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, Jeannette Bernhard of Bridgeport, took a left turn off of the exit ramp onto Tokeneke Road. A police officer was headed in the same direction and saw her driving the 2014 Toyota sedan as it traveled west on the street. The officer followed the car on the Post Road west to the intersection with Mansfield Avenue and pulled it over near there.

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Police: DUI Arrest for 18-Year-Old Driving Freshly Damaged Mercedes

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Glassy-eyed, smelling of alcohol and driving through downtown past midnight with a damaged tail light, an 18-year-old was charged last Tuesday with driving while under the influence, police said. Darien police described the incident and arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, a police officer on patrol noticed that the left rear tail light was not working on a car traveling at a high rate of speed east on the Post Road downtown. The officer turned the patrol car around and followed. The patrol car started following the car, a white 1997 Mercedes Benz C-280. The Mercedes abruptly slowed down and turned into an office parking lot at 1500 Post Road (across the street from Spring Grove Cemetery).

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Police: Second DUI for Man Arrested 2 AM Friday on Post Road

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A 30-year-old man who had been arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence in New York state was arrested for DUI after 2 a.m. Friday on the Post Road, Darien police said. Police described the matter with this account (including accusations not proven in court):

At about 2 a.m., Timothy Stillwell drove into Darien from Norwalk on the Post Road when a police officer saw the man’s blue Toyota with New York license plates pass by. The car seemed to have a flat right front tire, and Stillwell soon pulled into a parking lot at 151 Post Road. The officer followed to see if the driver needed help. When the officer approached, Stillwell was walking around the parking lot as he talked into his phone.

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Police: DUI Charge for Man, 22, After Car Snaps Utility Pole & Rolls Over on High School Lane

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A 22-year-old man with more than twice the legal limit for alcohol in his blood drove his car off the road near Darien High School, tore up 50 feet of grass, hit and snapped a utility pole and caused his car to roll over, Darien police said. The man was taken to Stamford Hospital with numerous minor injuries on the night of the accident, Monday, April 4. He was arrested June 6, two months after the incident, possibly because getting arrest warrants approved by state prosecutors and judges has become glacially slow after state budget cutbacks. The delay may also have resulted from police needing to execute a search warrant (signed by a judge on April 27) for the hospital to turn over blood test information, which showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.18, over twice the 0.08 legal limit, according to police. Darien police described the incident with this account (which includes accusations not proven in court):

Police were called to High School Lane at 11:41 p..m.

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Deja Vu Charges: Another DUI Arrest for Darien Man with Kids in Car, Near Same Spot as Last Time

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A 46-year-old Darien man is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and with two children in the vehicle on Saturday — at just about the same spot where he was charged three years ago with DUI, and driving with two kids in the vehicle. He also was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, a felony — both this time and last time. Darien police described the most recent arrest with this account (containing accusations not proven in court):

Corey Davis of Salisbury Road was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban south, past a road work site on Middlesex Road near its intersection with High School Lane at about 11 a.m.

An off-duty police officer on traffic detail at the work site noticed that the SUV was traveling extremely slowly past the construction area. Then the vehicle stopped, about five feet from the officer. The driver, later identified as Davis, had a blank stare on his face and seemed confused.