A 50-year-old town resident was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol Thursday after an officer on patrol noticed the man's parked car in a closed service station parking area.
gave the following account of the incident:
At about 11:50 p.m., the officer saw a 2006 BMW 530XI in the service station parking lot near the southbound-traffic entrance ramp for Exit 13 on Interstate 95.
The car had its headlights on and four-way emergency flashers activated. As the officer drove up behind the vehicle he saw the left rear tire was completely shredded and deflated.
There were several fresh scrapes on the rear passenger side of the car, which was running.
Todd Billeter, 50, of 24 Hamilton Ln., left the car and spoke with the officer, who said Billeter appeared a bit confused and smelled of alcohol.
Billeter told the officer that he had had a few drinks. He thought his car had struck a curb, but he didn't know where.
He failed sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Billeter posted $250 bond and is to appear Aug. 20 in state Superior Court in Stamford.