Police: Stamford driver’s alcohol level four times over limit
STAMFORD — A 44-year-old Stamford man was arrested for driving a car while being almost four times over the legal drinking limit on Friday, police said.
While working a drunk-driving detail, police Capt. Diedrich Hohn saw a driver in a White Ford pickup truck make an “abrupt” left turn without signaling onto Klondike Avenue around 9:50 p.m., and followed the car onto Woodbury Avenue, where he observed the car swaying, according to a police report.
Once the driver pulled over, Hohn saw he had a bottle of vodka and four empty miniature bottles of Jim Beam in the passenger seat, and was slurring and “reeked” of alcohol.
The driver, Patrick Kinahan, was removed from the car and “miserably failed” all three field sobriety tests, according to the police report. At the police station, he blew a .280 and a .311 on a breathalyzer test, well over the .08 limit for operating a vehicle.
Police discovered his license had been suspended. Kinahan also had a non-extraditable warrant out of Florida for a previous charge of operating under the influence.
Kinahan was charged with operating under the influence, drinking while driving, operating under suspension, failure to signal, and failure to drive in a proper lane. The vehicle was towed and bond was set at $500.