Police: New Canaan Teen Charged with DUI After Testing at More Than Twice the Legal Limit

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Police on Saturday arrested a New Canaan teen who tested at about 2.5 times the legal limit after authorities stopped him for speeding on Route 123.

At 12:32 a.m. on Feb. 23, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling 70 mph northbound on Smith Ridge Road in a 40 mph zone, according to a police report.

During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled alcohol on the 17-year-old driver’s breath, the report said.

The male juvenile failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence and speeding, it said.

At headquarters, he underwent a test to establish his blood-alcohol level, which was .197, police said—which would be more than twice the legal limit of .08 for those 21 and older. (Under state law, the legal limit for those younger than 21 is .02.)

He posted $250 bond and was scheduled to appear March 8 in state Superior Court. 

Police withheld the juvenile’s name because of his age.

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