Woman found asleep behind wheel charged with DUI
Published 4:01 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014
A 54-year-old woman was charged with operating under the influence after police said she was found intoxicated and asleep at the wheel of her car in the middle of an intersection Tuesday night.
Jill Mulligan of Edgewater Commons was also charged with operating a vehicle that wasn't equipped with an ignition interlock device, which she had been required to do in the wake of earlier DUI incidents.
When officers responded to a report of a vehicle blocking the roadway at the intersection of Hillspoint Road and Mimi Lane around 8:15 p.m., they found Mulligan asleep at the wheel of the vehicle, according to a police report.
Officers woke Mulligan up and immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage "emanating from her person," according to the report.
Mulligan failed roadside sobriety tests, police said, and was taken into custody.
A check of her Department of Motor Vehicles history found three prior DUI charges on her record. It also found that she was court ordered to operate only a vehicle fitted with an ignition interlock device, which measures the operator's blood alcohol levels prior to the vehicle starting or during operation.
Bond was set at $500 bond, and she is scheduled to appear Feb. 7 in Norwalk Superior Court.