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DUI Arrest After Driver Pulls onto Road in Front of Patrol Car

Was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? Well, according to the police report, the cop was in the right place at the right time.

A 58-year-old New Canaan man pulled out of the Roger Sherman Inn parking lot onto Oenoke Ridge Road and started heading south toward home.

And right behind him was a police officer in a patrol car.

New Canaan police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of what happened next:

It was about 12:29 a.m. on Sunday when Mark Richardson of Richmond Hill Road began driving home.

The police officer behind him saw him drive slowly, swerving within his travel lane.

The officer saw Richardson's car cross the double-yellow line.

When the car reached downtown, on Park Street near its intersection with Cherry Street, the officer decided he'd seen enough and pulled over the car.

The officer smelled alcohol on Richardson's breath and gave the driver some field sobriety tests, which he didn't pass.

Richardson was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive within the proper lane of travel.

He posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear May 22 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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