Darien police arrest 2 for DWI at sobriety checkpoint
Darien Police made two arrests for driving while intoxicated during a sobriety checkpoint on Washington Boulevard near State Street in Stamford between 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, and the early morning hours of Saturday, April 17.
A 17-year-old Stamford boy was charged with driving without a license and driving while intoxicated at the checkpoint at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The boy entered the checkpoint, driving a 2007 Saab 93T, with bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils and no driver's license, according to police. He had two underage boys in the car with him, as well as an open 30-pack of Keystone Light, with 15 unopened cans of beer remaining and several open cans in the backseat, police said.
The teen told police he was dropping friends off after a party, and that he hadn't been drinking, but had smoked marijuana, according to police. The two passengers were turned over to their parents, police said. The teen failed his field sobriety test, and underwent a urine test, according to police. Police determined that the teen took his parents' car without their knowledge; his parents did not press charges, police said. He posted a $250 bond, was turned over to his father and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 27.
Jose Hernandez, 38, of Stamford, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday. Hernandez was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry through the checkpoint when an officer asked him whether he had been drinking; Hernandez told the officer he had "had a few," police said. The officer observed that Hernandez had glassy eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol on his person, police said. According to the report, he failed his field sobriety test, posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 27.