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Cops: Intoxicated Darien Driver Too Fast, Then Too Slow

Norwalk police say this Darien driver was on the entrance ramp of I-95 at Exit 14 (with his car crawling slowly) when they stopped him.

Norman Schenck, 50, of 379 West Ave. in Darien was arrested by Norwalk Police on Friday, Jan. 10 on multiple charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Norwalk police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident:

Schenck had been stopped at 12:39 a.m. Friday at a red light in a Black Nissan at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Scribner Avenue. Police saw him accelerate at a high rate of speed after the light turned green, spinning his tires in the process.

Schenck then stopped his car so far into the intersection by the southbound-traffic I-95 entrance ramp at Exit 14 that his car got in the way of vehicles using the nearby exit ramp.

Schenck slowed his vehicle to a crawl and eventually came to a stop.

Police smelled alcohol on Schenck, though he denied drinking. Schenck was unsteady on his feet and slurred his speech, according to the police report. He failed to complete field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test.

A check of Schenck's license plate showed it had expired expired in November 2013.

Schenck was charged with failure to obey a control signal, unsafe movement, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving while under the influence. His bond was set at $2,500 and if he met it he was scheduled to appear Jan. 22 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Editor's note: This article was updated with additional information at 3:31 p.m. The article originally was pubished by Norwalk Patch.

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