Man with suspended license and unregistered car charged with drunk driving

Darien police stopped a Ford Explorer with improper license plates along Old Kings Highway South at about 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 6. The vehicle had no front license plate and a registration check showed that its rear license plate belonged to an Audi A4.

The driver was identified as Daniel Ragin, 58, of Bridgeport. Ragin said he did not have a driver’s license with him and it was later determined that his driving privileges are suspended in Connecticut. When asked about the vehicle, Ragin said he had recently purchased it and had not been able to register it yet, though it was insured.

While speaking to Ragin, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. He found a brown paper bag containing a 375ml bottle of vodka tucked between the driver’s seat and the center console. According to police about two-thirds of the bottle had been consumed.

Ragin was then asked to exit his vehicle for a series of field sobriety tests. He was unable to complete the tests to standard and subsequently placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated, as well as misuse of a license plate, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

Ragin was then transported to police headquarters for processing and was charged for the above listed violations. His vehicle was towed from the scene. During processing, Ragin submitted to a breathalyzer test which revealed that his blood alcohol content was .2037 at 5:35 p.m., more than twice the legal limit. Ragin was released on a promise to appear in court on August 16.