Darien man charged with DUI, alcohol level 4 times the legal limit

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DARIEN — A 38-year-old Darien man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk at almost four times over the legal limit, leading to a head-on collision with another car carrying a 10-year-old child.

Police responded to an accident on Old Kings Highway South on Sept. 25 around 5:30 p.m. where a 2008 Ford Expedition had crossed over the double-yellow line from the westbound lane and hit a 2017 Nissan Rogue traveling eastbound. Both cars had front-end damage. The occupants of the Nissan, aged 39, 35 and 10, were taken to Stamford Hospital for evaluation.

Police determined the driver of the Expedition was at fault for crossing the double-yellow line. A witness told police the offending driver, Michael Sheppeard of Stanton Road, had attempted to leave the scene. Police spoke with Sheppeard, who appeared unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and failing to drive right.

Sheppeard was taken to police headquarters where he submitted to a breath test. At 6:37 p.m., Sheppeard’s blood alcohol content was .30. In Connecticut, the legal limit for intoxication is .08.

Sheppeard posted a $250 cash bond and was released. He is due in court Oct. 6.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata