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Greenwich man faces sixth DWI charge

Published 2:03 pm, Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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James Martin, 49, 192 Putnam Park, Greenwich, was arrested June 9 on charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to drive right, driving under a suspended license, operation of an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to insure a motor vehicle and illegal operation of a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Police were dispatched to the area of Heights and Hollow Tree Ridge roads at 7:15 p.m. on a report of a driver operating a car in an erratic manor, police said. The complainant told police a white 2001 Chevrolet Trail Blazer had crossed the double yellow line, passed a car, hit a curb and almost hit several mailboxes, police said.

After police stopped Martin, they reported that he stumbled getting out of his vehicle and needed to use his car for support so that he did not fall over. His speech was slurred and he was slow to answer questions, police said.

Initially, Martin said he drank one beer, however, eventually he told police he had consumed three beers and half a bottle of wine, police said.

He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed, police said. A half a bottle of Prosecco wine was found in the car when police conducted a search, the report stated.

Martin has been charged with driving while intoxicated five times since 1985, according to police.

He was held in lieu of $2,500 bond and was scheduled to appear in court June 10.