DARIEN — An afternoon car accident on the Post Road led to the arrest of one of the drivers for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Officers were dispatched to a minor motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the Post Road and Leroy Avenue on Monday, Aug. 1 around 12:30 p.m. where a blue 2009 Honda Civic rear-ended a Mercedes E350 waiting at a green light to turn onto Leroy Avenue.

Upon arrival, the officers evaluated the scene and found neither driver sustained any injuries. Due to the heavy traffic on the Post Road, the officer had the parties pull onto Hale Lane, near where the incident occurred.

When an officer spoke with the operator of the Honda Civic, he found she was emotional and unable to follow directions or produce any required documents when prompted. The officer also noticed when dealing with the operator face-to-face that she smelled of alcohol.

The driver of the civic, Caroline Tanski, of 7 Hamilton Ave. in Norwalk, was unsteady on her feet and had to hold onto the car door handle to maintain balance. When asked if she’d had anything to drink that day, Tanski said no. She did say she had a glass of wine the night before and had not taken any medications.

The 33-year-old agreed to a field sobriety test which she subsequently failed. Officers arrested her for driving while intoxicated and following too close.

Once at police headquarters, Tanski refused to answer questions on the state A44 form, as well as answer any questions related to the incident. In addition, she refused a breath test.

Tanski was photographed, fingerprinted and processed. At 3:30 p.m., she was released on a $250 bond. Her license was seized for 24 hours and her car was towed at the scene due to her arrest. Tanski will appear in court on Aug. 11.

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