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Meryl Streep's nephew charged with violating probation

Published 3:40 pm, Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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NORWALK -- Just over a year after he plea-bargained out of a mandatory jail sentence for pointing a shotgun and beating his Norwalk roommate, David Kyle Streep was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with violating his probation.

Streep, 25, of New Canaan, the nephew of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, was arrested because while he was on probation for the Norwalk assault conviction he was pulled over by Darien police in July and charged with driving while under the influence, possession of marijuana and narcotics and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

At his arraignment at state Superior Court in Norwalk on Wednesday, Streep's attorney, John Thygerson, was able to argue for a significant reduction of his bond. Although bond had been set at $50,000, Thygerson called upon his client's clean court appearance record, and was able to convince Judge Maureen Dennis to reduce the bond to $5,000.

When Streep -- the son of Meryl Streep's brother Dana -- was pulled over by Darien police on July 24, they said that he was disoriented and had red glassy eyes. The officer said in his report that he could smell alcohol on Streep's breath and the odor of burnt marijuana in the car he was driving, his arrest affidavit said.

Police also found some marijuana in the car along with some other drug paraphernalia and a black billy club, his arrest warrant said.

After being charged with first-degree assault in April 2009 after a roommate told police that Streep and another roommate beat him and pointed a shotgun at him, Streep was facing a mandatory jail sentence. But working with a judge and prosecutors, Thygerson was able to get the charge dropped to second-degree assault and his client sentenced to a suspended seven-year jail term and seven years probation.

As part of the conditions of his probation, Streep was forbidden from breaking any state or federal law.

If Streep is convicted of the violation of probation, he could be made to serve part or all of his suspended sentence.