A man turning off the Interstate 95 Exit 12 ramp onto Tokeneke Road got into an accident with another vehicle and was later charged with driving while under the influence, Darien police said.
But the man was under the influence of something in addition to alcohol, according to the police report. The 41-year-old man said he'd had only one drink, and his blood-alcohol content, 0.033, was well below the 0.8 limit in state law, police said.
The man also said he was taking numerous prescription medications, and he failed a field sobriety test, according to police.
Police charged Charles Jean of Stamford with driving while under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive on the right side of the road. The incident occurred just before 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Darien police gave this account (like all the other police statements reported here, an accusation not proven in court) of the incident:
Jean turned his 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo left onto Tokeneke Road (to go northbound) from the exit ramp as another car was coming by, southbound. The cars hit each other without causing serious injuries to anyone.
When police spoke with Jean, they saw his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
Jean was initially held on $250 bond, which he posted. He is scheduled to appear Oct. 25 in state Superior Court in Stamford.