Fairfield woman charged in two DUI incidents
Published 1:05 pm, Thursday, December 9, 2010
Carolyn Danieli, 55, of 21 Hoydens Hill Road, was charged with driving under the influence twice on Wednesday.
The first DUI charge stemmed from Danieli's erratic driving on Wednesday, police said, and the second count dates to an October incident in which police were unable to file charges because Danieli went to the hospital after crashing into a guardrail on Black Rock Turnpike, police said.
On Wednesday, an officer spotted Danieli driving erratically on Black Rock Turnpike, near Congress Street, shortly before 1 p.m., according to the report. The vehicle swayed between the right and left lanes without signaling, police said, and as Danieli turned onto Congress Street, she allegedly crossed over the road's double-yellow centerline but also drove onto the shoulder of the roadway, police said.
When she pulled into her driveway on Hoydens Hill Road, before she came to a stop, she drove over part of a stone wall and hit the stairs of her home's rear deck, police said.
An officer said he detected the odor of alcohol on Danieli's breath and she allegedly tried to hide a bottle of wine under a passenger seat, police said.
She was placed under arrest after failing a field sobriety test. She was brought to police headquarters, where she failed a Breathalyzer test, and there she was served an arrest warrant for an October incident. In that incident, she has been charged with DUI (Danieli's alcohol blood level, obtained from St. Vincent's Medical Center, showed she was legally intoxicated, police said), evading responsibility, reckless driving, violating a traffic signal and failure to drive right.
Bond for the charges related to October's incident was set at $5,000. In regard to Wednesday's DUI, Danieli was released on a promise to appear for a Dec. 20 date in Bridgeport Superior Court.