Darien man allegedly broke his sister’s TV

DARIEN — Police charged a 26-year-old Darien man after he allegedly broke his sister’s television after the two got into an argument.

On June 30 around 4:30 p.m., the victim went into police headquarters to file a complaint. She told police she and her brother were texting and got into an argument about who was picking up their mother from work. The victim’s brother texted her saying, “looks like you’re getting a new TV then,” and sent her a picture of her TV in her bedroom with a broken screen. The victim wasn’t home at the time and told police her brother broke the TV in response to their argument.

Police went to the victim’s home on Allen O’Neill Drive to speak with her brother, Ardian Paloka. Paloka was not home, but officers spoke with the siblings’ mother, who corroborated the story, telling police she bought the TV for the victim several years ago and she knew her son broke it.

An hour later, Paloka went to police headquarters after speaking with his mother and told officers he broke his sister’s TV in anger after they argued. Paloka was issued a misdemeanor summons for disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief and released on a promise to appear in court July 3. He was told not to contact the victim and not to return to their home.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the arrested party.

Norwalk woman charged with DUI

DARIEN — A 48-year-old Norwalk woman was charged with drunk driving after she was pulled over for swerving on Tokeneke Road.

On June 26 around 1 a.m., an officer saw Christine Richards, of Avenue A, driving southbound down Tokeneke Road near Five Mile River Road. Richards’ 2016 green Subaru Forester crossed the double-yellow line into oncoming traffic and the officer pulled her over.

Richards seemed unsteady on her feet when she got out of her car for a field sobriety test. She failed the test and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and failing to drive right. A breath test at police headquarters showed Richards’ blood alcohol content at 1:56 a.m. to be .2 and .194 at 2:15 a.m., more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Richards was released on a $100 cash bond around 5 a.m. and was given a July 7 court date.

— Erin Kayata