Stamford woman arrested for DUI in Darien
Published 6:35 am, Saturday, October 22, 2016
DARIEN — Police arrested a Stamford woman for allegedly driving under the influence after a state trooper found her asleep in her car parked on the lawn of a Darien office building.
On Oct. 15, a state trooper was flagged down by a motorist about a vehicle in distress on the road. The trooper began looking for a single-car accident near exits 11 and 12 on Interstate 95 and spotted a white BMW on the lawn of 120 Tokeneke Road. The operator, Yvette Jimenez of Dyke Lane, appeared to be asleep, police said.
The state trooper contacted Darien police, who arrived at Tokeneke Road around 6 a.m. At that point, Jimenez, 27, was awake and talking on the phone. The officers asked Jimenez to hang up the phone. She obliged and told the officers she was fine and did not need medical attention. While at her window, officers detected a strong smell of alcohol and saw Jimenez’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, police said.
Jimenez told police she was on her way home from New York. When asked if she was aware of her current location, Jimenez said, “Of course, I’m in Stamford.” Officers then asked Jimenez if she knew how she ended up there, to which she told them she was on the highway on her way home when they pulled her over.
Officers asked Jimenez to step out of the vehicle and she had to lean on the car to maintain balance, police said. When asked if she had anything to drink, she said yes, but she was fine. Jimenez was then asked to perform a field sobriety test, which she failed. Based on her performance, her condition and her confessing to drinking, police said she was placed under arrest.
While searching Jimenez’s vehicle, officers saw significant damage along the length of the passenger side, indicating she may have struck a guardrail.
A check revealed her license was suspended. She was consequently charged with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to drive right. She was issued a $500 bond and was given a court date of Oct. 27.