Darien resident threatens to flee the country after DWI arrest
Published 4:25 pm, Thursday, March 3, 2011
A Darien resident told officers he would flee to Canada or Mexico to avoid jail time after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Douglas Atha, 29, of 28 Miller Road was arrested Feb. 26 for driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, police said.
Atha was driving his 2003 Jeep Wrangler west on the Post Road at 1:42 a.m. when he attempted to evade a DWI check point at the intersection of Post Road and Ledge Road, police said. Atha attempted to turn onto Ledge Road but turned into oncoming traffice after nearly running over reflective cones, police said.
Atha told officers he would flee to Mexico or Canada to avoid further jail time after revealing he had already served 120 days in jail, police said. Atha had two previous DWI arrests, one in Darien and one in Maine, police said. Atha's bail was set at $25,000 which he posted, police said. He was scheduled to appear in court on March 8.