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Wrong-way driver charged with DUI

Stamford Advocate
Published 8:54 pm, Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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DARIEN -- A Cedar Heights man was charged last week with drunken driving after allegedly hitting a new car in a dealer lot and driving the wrong way on an Interstate 95 exit ramp.

Mark Breslin, 62, of 7 Apple Tree Lane, Stamford, was charged March 25 with driving while under the influence, reckless driving and failure to obey the signal of an officer.

Breslin was stopped after police received a call from a motorist reporting a 2003 blue Chrysler Town and Country driving the wrong direction on the Post Road. The caller told police the motorist attempted to drive onto I-95 south, but went the wrong way on the ramp before turning around and going back onto the Post Road, according to the police report.

The minivan then entered the parking lot of MINI of Fairfield County and struck one of the cars in the lot, police said. The car then left the lot and entered I-95 south.

Officers entered I-95 south from two different entrance ramps and located Breslin driving near Exit 10, the report stated. When officers attempted to pull him over, Breslin continued to drive, police said. He eventually stopped just past the entrance to the rest stop.

Police reported Breslin was unsteady on his feet as he exited his car, smelled of alcohol and said he was going home.

He told police he wasn't aware he hit a car in the dealership parking lot, but he admitted to drinking alcohol, according to the report. Breslin told police that he drank beer throughout the course of the night at a Black Rock bar.

Breslin attempted one field sobriety test -- the walk and turn test -- but stumbled backward and to the side before steadying himself on his car, police said. No further tests were administered for his safety's sake, police said.