Cops charge 3 with drunk driving
NEW CANAAN — Police arrested three people for allegedly driving under the influence over the weekend.
On Friday night, a Stamford woman was charged for drunk driving after police received a call about an erratic operator on Greenley Road.
New Canaan police received the call on Aug. 26 around 9:15 p.m. about the vehicle traveling on Ponus Ridge Road toward Pound Ridge, N.Y. An officer went to the area and spotted the vehicle. The police officer was able to stop and search the vehicle after it almost struck an embankment on Reservoir Lane.
The operator, Jennifer Mason, of Woodbine Road in Stamford, was slurring her words. Mason failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive right and failure to renew registration. The 50-year-old refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, so her blood alcohol content remains unknown. Mason will appear in court on Sept. 9.
Hours later, around 12:28 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, an officer observed a man drive through a blinking red light at Cherry and Pine streets. Consequently, New Canaan police conducted a motor vehicle search and detected the smell of alcohol coming from the driver. Police conducted a field sobriety test, then placed Christopher Ciancio, of Woodway Ridge Lane, under arrest for driving under the influence and failing to obey a traffic control signal.
Ciancio, 53, also refused to submit to a Breathalyzer. He was given a court date of Sept. 9.
Later that morning, a 24-year-old Fairfield woman turned herself in on a warrant for driving under the influence and using and possessing drug paraphernalia during an incident back in March. Andrea Bell, of Brookside Drive, turned herself in to New Canaan police on Aug. 27 around 10 a.m.
On March 25 shortly before midnight, officers were dispatched to Salem Road on reports of a car parked on the road with a driver in need of care. There they found Bell. A subsequent search turned up a hypodermic needle inside her car, which led to police applying for a warrant for Bell’s toxicology reports. The reports returned indicating that Bell had drugs in her system, according to police, leading to the subsequent charges and warrant.