Norwalk man allegedly hit car driving drunk in Darien
DARIEN — Police arrested a Norwalk man for allegedly drunk driving after he backed into another man’s car and then drove away.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 9, police received a 911 call about a minor motor vehicle crash on Center Street involving a parked vehicle.
The caller said his vehicle was struck by a 2002 Audi S2 while parked in the Center Street lot. The Audi drove away after backing into and damaging the caller’s vehicle. The caller was not in his car when it was hit but got in the car and followed the Audi as it left the scene. The caller followed the other car out of the Center Street parking lot and to a parking lot near 157 Rowayton Ave. in Norwalk, about one mile from the site of the accident.
Darien officers arrived to the Norwalk lot moments later and spoke to the caller and the other driver. The operator of the second vehicle was identified as Samuel Meek, 61, of Shorefront Parkway in Norwalk. Meek was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the engine still running.
He explained to officers that he knew he backed into the other vehicle, but said he did not see much damage, so he drove away thinking “no harm, no foul.”
While speaking to Meek, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. When asked if he had been drinking, Meek told officers he was drinking at Center Street Public House in Darien. When officers told Meek they needed him to do a field sobriety test, he told officers he couldn’t because he was too drunk.
Meek did, in fact, end up performing the field sobriety test, which he failed.
Based on this performance and officer observations, Meek was arrested for driving under the influence. Meek was also charged with unsafe backing, evading responsibility and operating a motor vehicle with no license.
Officers also found this was Meek’s second DUI charge, the first being from 2005, and he had also been cited for driving without a license.
Meek refused to contact an attorney or take a Breathalyzer test. He posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 19.