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Driver off road and into swamp, faces DUI charge

Updated 9:00 am, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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William Higgins, 23, of Redding, was charged early Sunday with driving under the influence after he drove off the road and got stuck in a swamp, police said.

Higgins was making a left turn onto Treadwell Avenue from Riverside Avenue, from the right turn lane, police said. An officer followed the vehicle on Treadwell Avenue and saw it drift into the right shoulder and nearly strike a parked vehicle, police said.

Higgins then rapidly accelerated and drove through the stop sign at the intersection of Treadwell Avenue and Kings Highway South, and continued west onto Strathmore Lane, police said. Higgins turned his vehicle's headlights off and drove off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and into a swampy area, according to the report. Higgins' vehicle then reportedly became stuck in the mud.

After Higgins was stopped, an officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Higgins' breath, police said. He also had red, glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet, police said. Higgins also failed field sobriety tests, police said.

Higgins was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to drive right, failure to display lights and a stop sign violation. He was released on $500 bond, and is scheduled to appear Aug. 20 in Norwalk Superior Court.