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New Canaan teen charged with DWI

Published 3:09 pm, Monday, November 19, 2012
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A New Canaan teen was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated Sunday morning after refusing to pull over for police.

At about 1:30 a.m., an officer heading south on Valley Road approaching Silvermine Road saw an oncoming car driving in the wrong lane and heading toward the officer. The driver did not move the car into the proper lane until it was close to the police car, according to the report.

The officer turned his car around, put on his lights and tried to pull over the driver. When the officer caught up to the other vehicle, the driver did not immediately stop the car, making an abrupt right turn onto Huckleberry Hill Road, after which it finally came to a stop, police said.

Police estimated the car traveled between a half-mile and three-quarters of a mile before pulling over.

Police said the male, 17, did not have his license or vehicle registration on him. The officer reported that the boy was slow to respond, and appeared confused by basic questions. The officer also smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, according to the police report.

Police said the teen failed a field sobriety test and arrested on charges on of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to obey the signal of an officer, failure to drive right. He received a verbal warning for not carrying his driver's license and proof of registration, both of which checked out to be valid.

The teen was released on a $260 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 29.