BRIDGEPORT — A member of Stratford’s Town Council is scheduled to appear in court next month on charges he drove drunk on the Merritt Parkway while doing 117 mph.

William Perillo, 51, a Republican who represents District 7 on the council, was due in court Sept. 22 to face charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Instead, his case was continued until Oct 1.

Attempts to reach Perillo last week were unsuccessful.

Stratford Town Council member William Perillo Photo: Campaign Handout Photo /
Photo: Campaign Handout Photo /

Stratford Town Council member William Perillo

In a prepared statement, Mayor Laura Hoydick said she had been made aware of Perillo’s arrest.

“The offenses he is charged with are grave and alarming and I am grateful no one was injured,” Hoydick said. “Driving under the influence is a serious allegation which I don't take lightly. We await the outcome of the legal process that needs to take place.”

State police said Perillo, a retired police officer, was stopped about 10:10 p.m. Sept. 12 near Exit 53 on Route 15 southbound.

“Observed vehicle at high rate of speed,” wrote Sgt. Robert Olechowski, who was listed on the police report as the investigating trooper. “Vehicle clocked at 117MPH in clearly posted 55MPH zone. The operator initially accelerated refusing to stop. The operator continued for a considerable distance before finally slowing then bringing his vehicle to a stop.”

Perillo allegedly “exhibited numerous indicators he was under the influence of alcohol and was taken into custody for (motor vehicle) violations observed,” the summary said.

Immediately after stopping the vehicle, Perillo complained of difficulty breathing, police said. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport by Stratford EMS for treatment.

There, he allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

He was released on a $2,500 bond “to the care of the hospital staff,” according to state police.