Two DWIs given at Stamford checkpoint, one cocaine arrest

While assisting Stamford and state police with a checkpoint at the intersection of South State Street and Atlantic Street on Saturday, March 2, Darien Police arrested two people for driving while intoxicated.

One arrest  involved possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance charges. Police said Michael Nolen, 32, of Garrison, Ky., was driving a 1996 Toyota Avalon through the checkpoint at 1:28 a.m. While speaking with Nolen, police said the arresting officer detected an odor of alcohol.

The officer reported seeing a partially consumed bottle of Budweiser in Nolen’s right hand. He failed his field sobriety tests and was arrested, police said. During a search of his vehicle, four pills were found in the front console’s ash tray. The pills were determined to be Alprazolam, which is a controlled substance, police said.

On the vehicle’s rear floor, a plastic bag containing a small quantity of white powdery substance was field tested positive as cocaine, according to police. Nolen was released on a written promise to appear in court on Tuesday, March 12.

Earlier that morning, police had arrested Robert Tillman, 33, of Stamford, for driving while intoxicated. Police said Tillman drove a 2005 Nissan Maxima to the checkpoint at 1:11 a.m.

While speaking with Tillman, the officer noted an odor of alcohol. He failed his field sobriety tests and was arrested, police said. He posted a $250 bond and has court on Tuesday, March 12.

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