Stamford drunk driving checkpoint yields four arrests

dui checkpointStamford police set up extra drunk driving patrols this weekend using Connecticut Department of Transportation grant money and arrested four people:

  • Officers on roving patrol observed a red pickup truck swerving across the road and stopped the vehicle on Hoyt Street near Franklin Street, according to a police report. The driver, Thomas Perri, 64, allegedly smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive right. His blood alcohol content level was .217, police said. The legal limit is .08.
  • A short time later a second officer on roving patrol observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one-way portion of Smith Street, according to the report. The vehicle continued onto Mill River Street where it continued to swerve, and hit a curb before officers stopped the vehicle. Pawel Jakowski, 32, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with operating under the influence, operating without a driver’s license, and traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. His blood alcohol level was .214, according to the report.
  • Shortly after midnight a vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint Stamford police set up with the assistance of the Darien Police Department on Glenbrook Road near Research Drive. Officers were able to get the vehicle to stop on Courtland Avenue, John O’Brien, 60, of Stamford, allegedly failed the field sobriety tests and was charged with drunk driving. He was found to have a a blood alcohol level of .132, according to the report.
  • Just before 2 a.m. a driver who officers said appeared intoxicated was stopped at the same checkpoint. The driver, Gererdo Mascolo, 36, of Stamford, failed field sobriety tests, according to the police report, and was placed under arrest. He refused to submit to a breath test. He was charged with operating under the influence.
  • A 16-year-old operator stopped at the checkpoint smelled strongly of marijuana, police said, and was charged with possession of marijuana and driving after curfew. He was released to a parent who was called to the checkpoint.

All four operators charged with drunk driving were held on $100 court appearance bonds and given court dates of September 5th.

Additionally, officers working the extra patrols noted numerous cases of cars with designated drivers that had passengers who would have been too intoxicated to drive.

Jeff Bustraan