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Darien Police: Man Drove Drunk With Child In Car

DARIEN, Conn. ? A Stamford man was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving drunk with his 3-year-old granddaughter asleep on the floor in the back of his car, Darien Police report.

At around 1:53 a.m. Sunday an officer reported seeing a car stopped at a flashing yellow light at the intersection of Post Road and Rings End Road. The officer said the driver, later identified as William Person, 38, was asleep at the wheel. According to police reports, when the officer pulled behind the car it began moving, and was eventually stopped near the area of Old Kings Highway South.

Police said the officer detected the odor of alcohol and gave Person a field sobriety test, which he failed. During a search of the car, the officer discovered the child asleep on the floor behind the passenger seat. It was determined that she was Person's granddaughter, and she was turned over to her mother. Police said the matter was referred to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families for investigation.

Person was charged with risk of injury to a minor, a felony, as well as DUI, operating with a suspended license and failure to return a suspended license, which are misdemeanors. He was also charged with transporting a child without a restraint system, an infraction. He was unable to post a $10,000 bond and appeared in court on Monday.

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