MONROE, CT — A Monroe man was charged with DUI and failure to display lights after police responded to a report of an erratic, black Honda Pilot in the area of Route 111 and Purdy Hill Road early in the morning on Nov. 28.
Andrew Pickens, 46, of 175 Purdy Hill Road, was also charged with disobeying the signal of an officer. According to police, the officer activated lights, sirens and used the loudspeaker of his vehicle to tell the driver to stop several times.
Pickens was released on $500 bond for a Dec. 7 court date.
At approximately 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 28, police were called for a report of an erratic driver in the area of Route 111 and Purdy Hill Road.
Police said Pickens pulled into his driveway at 175 Purdy Hill Road in the black Honda Pilot and after the officer drove by, he backed out and headed east toward Route 111 with his headlights off.
He turned into the Walgreens parking lot and the officer noticed the right, front tire was flat, police said. According to police, when the police car pulled behind the Honda, the driver continued through the parking lot back toward Purdy Hill Road.
During the traffic stop, police said the officer noticed Pickens had slurred speech and the odor of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from inside the Honda. Pickens refused to participate in field sobriety tests, according to the report.