DUI Arrest: 16-Year-Old from New Canaan Tests at Twice the Legal Limit


A 16-year-old from New Canaan tested at more than twice the legal limit following a car crash in Darien last Friday night, officials said.

At about 11:04 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mansfield Avenue and Fox Hill Lane on a report of a motor vehicle accident, according to Darien Police.

There, they found a southbound-facing vehicle laying against a fence off the shoulder of the northbound lane, according to a police report.

Though no one was in the car, a juvenile approached them a few minutes later saying he or she was driving the vehicle, the report said.

The teen told authorities that he or she had been driving north on Mansfield Avenue when a vehicle up ahead made a sudden turn, forcing him or her to lose control and strike a fence, it said.

The officers smelled alcohol on the teen, who denied drinking, police said. The juvenile failed field sobriety tests, then admitted to drinking three beers. 

Police charged the teen with operation of a motor vehicle by a minor having elevated blood alcohol content and cited him or her for failure to drive right.

At headquarters, Darien Police administered a breath test that established the teen’s BAC level at .166, more than twice the legal limit. 

Police withheld the teen’s information because of his or her age.

The juvenile was released on $250 bond and scheduled to appear Jan. 13 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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