NORWALK — Former Westport Police Chief Alfred Fiore applied to a diversionary program at his arraignment Monday when appearing for a drunken-driving charge over Memorial Day weekend.

Westport Police arrested Fiore, a longtime town resident and 33-year veteran of the department, on May 26 after a minor accident. The 61-year-old, who retired as chief in 2011, allegedly showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests at the scene of a Compo Road South crash, leading to his arrest.

Norwalk attorney William A. Pelletreau represented Fiore in Norwalk Superior Court on the morning of June 5 and submitted an application for Connecticut’s Alcohol Education Program. The diversionary program involves a 10- or 15-week educational program or a treatment program and, if successfully completed, culminates in the court dismissing related charges. It is typically available to first-time DUI offenders or those who have not sustained a similar charge for over a decade.

Westport police charged Fiore with a single count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence. He said in court that he has no prior related offenses and has not gone through the Alcohol Education Program before.

Fiore is next scheduled to appear in court July 25.; @LauraEWeiss16