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Darien man charged with DWI after woman falls out of golf cart

Published 3:37 pm, Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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Cornell French, 44, of 112 Pear Tree Point Road in Darien, was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating an unregistered motor-vehicle early Monday morning following an incident on Pear Tree Point Road.

The Darien Police received a medical call at 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, which indicated that a woman was suffering from a head injury, according to Capt. Fred Komm. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 51-year-old Darien woman with head lacerations lying in the street on Pear Tree Point Road near Crane Road, according to the police report. She was being tended to by Post 53.

The woman had fallen out of a 2006 Kawasaki Mule 3010, a four-wheeled vehicle that resembles a golf cart; witnesses told the officers that French had been driving the vehicle when the woman fell out of its back seat, police said.

According to police, French was driving the vehicle "a few houses down" from a residence on Crane Road to Pear Tree Point Road. Neither French nor the other two passengers noticed that the woman had fallen out until they reached their destination, police said.

According to Komm, the vehicle can only travel up to a speed of 25 mph; he said French was driving at a slow rate of speed when the woman fell out. The woman was transported to Stamford Hospital, where she was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries.

"She's lucky," Komm said.

Police officers detected a strong odor of alcohol on French's person, and he failed his field sobriety test, police said. He was arrested at 12:11 a.m. Monday.

French posted a $240 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, June 10.