Norwalk woman allegedly drove drunk with child in the car
DARIEN — A 33-year-old Norwalk woman was arrested after allegedly drunkenly driving into a light pole with a child in her car.
On July 22 around 2:30 a.m., several Darien residents spotted Zaida Gomez-Mendez passed out at the wheel of her 2007 Honda CR-V in the middle of Tokeneke Road. The witnesses approached the car and tapped on the window to wake the Norwalk woman up. Gomez-Mendez awoke suddenly and drove her car off the road into a pole.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the car on top of the toppled pole and Gomez-Mendez was speaking to her 6-year-old child in the backseat. She told officers nothing happened and when asked if she hit the pole, she said, “Nothing.” Gomez-Mendez’s breath smelled of alcohol and she was asked to submit to a field sobriety test, which she failed.
Gomez-Mendez, of Richards Avenue in Norwalk, was charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and unsafe backing. She was taken to police headquarters where she refused a breathalyzer test but admitted to drinking at a friend’s house, saying she made a “big mistake.”
Gomez-Mendez posted a $250 bond and is due in court Aug. 1. Her child was also brought to headquarters by another Darien officer and remained in police custody until Gomez-Mendez had a family friend post her bond.