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Cops: Darien Mom Drove Drunk With Her Kids in SUV

The woman's blood-alcohol content, as reported by Norwalk police was close to three times the legal limit in Connecticut.

A Darien woman was charged with drunken driving Tuesday evening after her daughter called a friend to say she was in her mother’s SUV in Norwalk and her mother was intoxicated, police said.

After receiving the 15-year-old’s call and learning the location of the vehicle, the female friend called Norwalk Police at 7:53 p.m.

Officers located the tan Lexus 350 in a parking lot off Grandview Avenue near Jefferson Science Magnet Elementary School.

They reported the 15-year-old was in the front passenger seat and her 11-year-old sister in the back seat, and both were upset.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto said officers reported the woman, later identified as Kathryn A. Sullivan, had the smell of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were glassy.

Cotto said Sullivan initially told the officers she had two drinks, but later said she might have had four drinks.

Sullivan failed a three-part field sobriety test, Cotto said, and was transported to Police Headquarters. There, Sullivan’s blood alcohol content was tested twice, with the first test resulting in a measurement of 0.237 percent and the second 0.226 percent.

A driver with a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08 percent is considered under the influence of alcohol.

The woman who Sullivan’s daughter called earlier came to headquarters to pick up her and her sister.

Sullivan, 44, of Holmes Court, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, and driving an uninsured vehicle.

She was held on $1,500 bond and given a court date of March 7.

Editor's notes: This article originally was published by Norwalk Patch. This article was updated at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday to add the time of the call to police: 7:53 p.m. On Darien Patch, this article originally was published Wednesday. The timestamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

sebastian dangerfield March 01, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Nance Does this treatment make you think twice about drinking and driving?
Zooted On March 02, 2013 at 12:45 PM
JUST CAUSE SHE'S FROM A RICH TOWN OF DARIEN WE SHOULDN'T SHOW HEE PICTURE? BUT NY FRIEND FROM NORWALK GETS A PUBLIC INTOXICATION WALKING HOME IN DARIEN AND EVERYONE IN DARIEN COMMENTS ON TBE ARCTICLE ABOUT EXPOSING HIM AND MAKING AN EXAMPLE OUT OF HIM
Zooted On March 02, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Let her get her picture and quotes like everyone else who gets arrested
Dave March 03, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I find it interesting that you picked this story up from Norwalk but missed reporting on the Darien man who was arrested in a massage parlor with "his pants down" last week in Stamford. Seems unfair to highlight a mother's poor judgement while ignoring a fathers. I personally think neither should be reported as the arrest themselves are enough of a wake up call for the families who are trying to put their lives back together. Another useful way to report this might have been to highlight how brave the daughter was for calling 911. It was likely the hardest thing she will ever do in her life. This front page humiliation of her mother may keep her and others from doing it. So not sure it served a purpose this time and thumbs down for picking on the mom and giving the massage parlor dad a pass - inconsistent policy.
noroton mom March 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Dave, You seriously don't have a sense of what's important and what's not. The Darien dad who were arrested in a message parlor would be a perfect NY Post Page Six "news". As a mom of young kids, I cannot care less about a local dad having his pants down in Stamford! But a drunk mom driving an SUV loaded with kids is VERY dangerous to everyone in her car and others on the road. We should be thankful no one was hurt in this incident. I wonder for those who object this mug shot being published had objected any published drunk drivers' mug shots in the past. Darien Moms - if you are her neighbors and friends, please help her to get help! Don't just pretend that your life and your marriages are perfect. Sorry kids, I understand your anger and embarrasment. This is one of these incidents when life and your parents are not perfect. Let's not assume everything can be easy (tho in Darien kids tend to believer that). You are better equip to overcome difficult situations in the future!

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