Stamford man charged with DUI in Darien
Updated 3:47 pm, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
DARIEN — Police charged a 38-year-old Stamford man with drunk driving after several witnesses saw him passed out at the wheel.
On June 10 around 8:45 a.m., police responded to Woodway Road after receiving a report of a man passed out at the wheel of a tan 1998 Toyota Camry. Officers arrived and found the car parked at an angle near the side of the road, with the the driver, Randolfo Ruiz-Lopez, standing by the car. A witness said she saw the car stopped and running with the driver passed out at the wheel. A second witness said she and the first witness were able to rouse Ruiz-Lopez before officers arrived and put the car into park.
Ruiz-Lopez denied being asleep at the wheel and said the car just stopped. While speaking with him, officers could smell alcohol on his breath. He agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed. Based on this, the witnesses, and observation, the Stamford man was arrested for driving under the influence. It was found he also had a suspended license due to a 2010 drunk-driving arrest and was additionally charged with driving with a suspended license.
Ruiz-Lopez was taken to police headquarters where he submitted to a breath test. The first test around 10:23 a.m. showed a blood alcohol content of .225. A second test at 10:43 a.m. showed a BAC of .219. Around 11:30 a.m., Ruiz-Lopez was released to a friend after posting a $500 cash bond. He was given a court date of June 21.