Refusal to participate in field sobriety tests, breathalyzer, does not prevent DUI arrest

MONROE, CT — A 61-year-old Norwalk man was charged with DUI and avoidance of a requirement for him to have an ignition interlock device in his pickup truck Saturday evening.

At approximately 5:04 p.m., officers responding to the report of a suspicious person in the area of the Lake Zoar Drive In on Route 34 saw a male juvenile pushing his dirt bike and a second dirt bike left unattended in the rear parking lot, according to the report.

The juvenile told police his father dropped him off there to go to the store. Moments later, the father pulled up in his brown, 1992 Sonoma Club Cab Pickup truck.

Police said he appeared unsteady on his feet, swaying as he approached. The officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on him and observed that he had glassy eyes, according to police.

Police said the man admitted to drinking some beers and eating for hours, while his son rode his dirt bike in the area, adding he refused to participate in field sobriety tests because he told the officer it is designed for people to fail.

The man also refused to take breath tests for his blood alcohol levels after being brought the to police department, police said.

He was released on $500 bond for an Oct. 18 court date.

Four dog leashes

Police detectives served an arrest warrant to a 38-year-old Stratford man, who was already staying at the Department of Corrections in Bridgeport on unrelated charges, Friday.

On April 21, the man allegedly stole four dog leashes valued at $131 from the Natural Pet Outlet in Clock Tower Square, 477 Main St. in Monroe. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Theft from a vehicle

On Friday, a Round Hill Drive man told police someone stole cash and keys from his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. He did not wish to file a report at that time.

Unemployment benefit scam

On Sunday a man told police he received an unemployment claim from his employer in Greenwich, which he did not file for.

He contacted the Department of Labor, which told him to file the police report and to monitor his credit because his Social Security Number was used, police said.

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