STAMFORD — Police say a potential “tragedy” was averted Friday after several people called 911 to report an intoxicated driver in North Stamford.

The first caller reported seeing an erratic driver behind the wheel of a white Pontiac Fiero heading southbound on High Ridge Road, police said. Another caller said the man sped through a red light, drove over the double-yellow lines on the Merritt Parkway southbound ramp and stopped in the middle of High Ridge Road about 10 p.m., according to the report.

Stamford police found 43-year-old Juan Matzul-Pitcho inside the parked car, authorities said. Police said he was unsteady, had bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol.

Matzul-Pitcho failed the field sobriety tests and was taken to police headquarters, where another test showed his blood-alcohol content was more than double the legal limit of 0.08, according to the report.

Police said officers conduct roaming DUI patrols and checkpoints throughout the year, but they “cannot be everywhere where drunk drivers travel.”

“That is why it is so important that if you see an intoxicated operator to call it in so we could start investigating to avoid a possible tragedy,” police said in a news release.

Matzul-Pitcho was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without a license and reckless driving.

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