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Police: Man Drove Intoxicated at 1:16 AM, With Child in Unsecured Child Seat

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A 31-year-old man was driving early one recent morning on the Post Road with a child in a child seat which was unsecured to the car, police said. When an officer stopped the car, police added, the child and child seat were wedged in between the front and back seats, and the man’s blood-alcohol content was well over the legal limit. The police announcement gave no indication that the child was injured or harmed. Police gave this additional information in their account, which included accusations not proven in court:

At 1:31 a.m., Saturday, an officer reported that a vehicle went over the double yellow line on the Post Road (the announcement didn’t say where on that street, but the vehicle was stopped on Brookside Road). After the officer approached the driver, Ozni Cucpacay of Davenport Street in Norwalk, and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

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Police: DUI for Man, 26, After One-Vehicle Accident Leaves His Car on a Stone Wall

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Police who arrived at the scene of a car accident on Haskell Lane last May found a vehicle stuck on a rock wall, with the driver still inside. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:

Police received a call about the accident at 9:17 p.m. on May 19. When they spoke with the driver, Charles Bazelais, 26, police could smell alcohol on his breath and saw his eyes were glassy. He was treated at the scene by Darien EMS-Post 53 and taken by ambulance to Stamford Hospital. Police didn’t announce any information about his condition.

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Police: DUI for Darien Woman, 51, After She Struck a Parked Car

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A 51-year-old Darien woman driving on West Elm Street struck a parked car shortly before 9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 1, police said. She was later charged with driving while under the influence. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:

When police spoke to the woman, a resident of Avalon Darien on Hollow Tree Ridge Road, an officer could smell alcohol coming from her. She told police she had been drinking. She refused to participate in any standardized sobriety tests at the scene, and police decided to take her into custody on the driving under the influence charge.

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Police: DUI Charge for Man, 36, After His Vehicle Strikes a Parked Car

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It’s not good for you when a police officer sees you driving erratically downtown. It’s worse when the officer sees you driving with a flat right front tire. It gets even worse when the officer sees your vehicle hit a parked car. And you’re truly in a difficult spot when the officer smells alcohol on your breath. All that is what a police officer reported seeing on the Post Road near Center Street at 10:28 p.m., Monday, May 24.

AAA: Driving Can Be Risky; With Booze, Riskier; With Pot — Well, You’re Just a Magnet for Risk

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People who use alcohol and marijuana — not necessarily while on the road — are significantly more likely to speed, text, and adopt other reckless behaviors when they do drive, says a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
These same drivers are far more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol and to ride with an intoxicated driver compared to those who only drink, but don’t puff, the AAA study also reports. Compared to alcohol-only users, the research also found people who admitted to using both drugs were more likely to self-report such behaviors as:

Speeding in residential neighborhood (55% vs 35% for alcohol-only)
Aggressive driving (52% for both vs. 28% for alcohol only)
Running red lights (48% for both vs. 32% for alcohol only) and
Texting while driving (40% for both vs.