Darien Police arrest 4 in first in-town DUI checkpoint
Darien Police made four arrests Saturday night and early Sunday morning during the department's first in-town DUI sobriety checkpoint, which took place on Post Road near Richmond Drive from 11 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday.
Officers from the Darien and Stamford police departments conducted the four-hour checkpoint, during which Stamford officers made one additional arrest.
Christina Beale, 29, of Norwalk, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. According to police, she was driving a 2000 Saab 93 eastbound on Post Road when she was stopped. She told police officers she had consumed "one drink," but was slurring words and had glassy eyes, according to the police report. She failed her field sobriety test, according to the report, and posted a $250 bond.
Claude Major, 45, of Stamford, was arrested on the westbound side of the checkpoint 14 minutes later. Police said he was driving a 2002 Volvo S60 home from a barbecue at a friend's house. He failed his field sobriety test, according to the report, and was released on a promise to appear.
Jorge Gonzales, 47, of Stamford was charged with driving while intoxicated at 2:23 a.m. Sunday. He told police stationed on the westbound side of the checkpoint that he was heading home after consuming a few drinks, according to the police report. Police said Gonzales failed his field sobriety test. Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm said Gonzales' bond was set at $1,000 because he had prior DWI-arrests, most recently in 2005.
Thomas Fawcett, 31, of Norwalk, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 2:26 a.m. Sunday. Police stationed at the eastbound side of the checkpoint asked Fawcett "how [he was] doing tonight," to which he replied, "Norwalk," according to the police report. He told officers he was returning to his home from work in Norwalk, police said. He failed his field sobriety test, according to the report, and posted a $500 bond.
The individuals were given a court date of Wednesday, June 16.