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Alleged Cellphone Use While Driving Leads to DUI Charge

Police charged a 22-year-old New Canaan woman with driving under the influence the night before Halloween following a traffic stop initiated by a police officer witnessing the suspect talking on her cellphone while driving, police said this week.

According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, an officer conducting selective enforcement from a parking lot on Maple Street at approximately 10:34 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, observed Julia Pitts, of 5 Old Norwalk Road, pass him with her cellphone in hand and up to her ear.

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop along South Avenue and, when he approached the car, detected an odor of alcohol and noticed Pitts had glassy eyes and displayed signs of intoxication, Ogrinc said. He then conducted field sobriety tests, which Pitts failed, and took her into custody.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle, processed, posted a $250 bond and was issued a court date of Nov. 12, 2013.

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