Cab driver charged with DWI
Published 4:34 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Cab driver Robert Emmons, 51, of 798 North Ave., Bridgeport, was arrested on Saturday, April 21, on charges of driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment and operating with a suspended license.
Police said they received a call around 6 p.m. from a Post Road service station attendant who reported that a taxi driver parked his vehicle in the middle of the road, then entered the service station and purchased a gas can and $4 worth of gas. The attendant told police that he thought the taxi driver was intoxicated.
When the officers arrived, they saw that the taxi cab had been parked in the Gardener's Center parking lot with the driver behind the wheel, and a female passenger in the rear seat, said police. The officer immediately detected a strong alcoholic smell coming from Emmons, according to the report. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed.
The passenger reported to police that she had called Westport Taxi for a ride and was picked up by Emmons, according to the report. When she entered the cab, an older couple already was inside, but they decided to get out and walk as they were not comfortable with Emmons driving the car, police said.
The female passenger said Emmons was "driving angry with an attitude" and "drove like a speed demon" and repeatedly slammed on the vehicle's brakes, police said. The passenger reported smelling alcohol, according to the report.
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Emmons was held in lieu of a $100 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, April 22.