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Driver accused of striking 'slow down' sign 15 feet from children

Published 4:00 pm, Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Marc Devico, 49, of 7 Glenwood Drive, Darien, was arrested May 28 on charges of risk of injury to a minor and evading responsibility for a motor vehicle accident.

Darien police said Devico ran over a "slow down" sign on his own road and dragged it under his truck all the way to his house while four children -- ages 2, 6, 10 and 14 -- played hopscotch in the area.

Police first learned of the incident when one of Devico's neighbors called 9-1-1 at about 7:30 p.m. to report that an erratic driver had just dragged the sign with a red 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche for about 80 yards, according to the report.

When police arrived at the suspect's house, they saw a small fluorescent green sign lying beside his vehicle, police said. While speaking to Devico, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and noticed his eyes appeared red and glassy, according to the report. When asked if he had been drinking, Devico said he would not answer the question, police said.

Devico did admit, however, to running over the sign because his neighbor had "pissed him off" and flashed him the finger that morning, the report stated. Devico also said driving around the sign is a hazard, according to police.

The officers took him into custody and later spoke with two of his neighbors, one of whom was the mother of four girls who were playing 15 feet from the sign, police said. The woman said one of her children came inside the house to tell her what had happened, according to the report.

Another neighbor told police that after he heard a noise, he looked outside his window and saw Devico stumbling out of his car and going inside the house, the report stated. The neighbor said Devico came back out a few minutes later and removed the sign, according to police.

At the police headquarters, Devico admitted to drinking that day, the report stated, but he was not charged with driving under the influence because police could not prove that he drove drunk.

He was released on $50 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 9.