Police: Dine and dash call leads to DUI charge
Published 7:16 pm, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
WESTPORT — A failed dine and dash attempt led to charges against a Fairfield man, police said.
Westport police responded to Sakura Japanese Restaurant at 8 p.m. Friday on reports of an intoxicated customer who had fled the establishment without paying his bill of $61.63.
Shortly after the call, police located a white Jeep with New York license plates nearby on Myrtle Avenue, which fit the descriptions provided by restaurant employees.
In the vehicle, police found 40-year-old Scott Snelwar, who police said smelled heavily of alcohol and had glossy, bloodshot eyes.
When Snelwar was pulled out of the car to perform a field sobriety test, police say he swayed and struggled to stand up straight, reports said.
The Fairfield resident then went on to fail the sobriety tests, which resulted in his being arrested and being charged with operating while under the influence and sixth-degree larceny.
Snelwar was released after posting a $1,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18.
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