DARIEN — A 37-year-old Stamford man was charged with driving under the influence after he was found unconscious at the wheel of his car while it was still in drive in the middle of the afternoon, police said.

On May 30 around 1:20 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mansfield Avenue and Stephen Mather Road on a report of a gold SUV being driven by a man who seemed disoriented. Callers then begin to report the man was unconscious at the wheel.

Officers found the man, Carlos Merlos of Oenoke Place, unconscious in the driver’s seat of a gold Ford Explorer in the middle of Talmadge Hill Road. The car was running and in drive. An officer tapped on the window to wake Merlos. When he opened his eyes, they appeared bloodshot and glassy. The officer told Merlos to put the car in park, but the Stamford man appeared too disoriented to do so. The officer opened the door and Merlos took his foot off the brake, causing the car to jolt forward. The officer was able to apply the hand brake and put the car in park.

Merlos agreed to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed.

Merlos was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. His car was towed from the scene, during which time, an empty “Bacardi” rum bottle was found in the backseat. When asked, Merlos said he’d been drinking tequila earlier.

Merlos was additionally charged with failure to drive right and driving without a license. He consented to a breathalyzer test, but it was found during three separate attempts that he was inhaling into the mouthpiece, instead of exhaling as needed, so no results were logged.

Merlos was released after posting a $250 bond. He was given a court date of June 9 at Stamford Superior Court.

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