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Darien Police: Two Charged In Separate DUI Crashes

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien police recently arrested two individuals on warrants in connection with separate crashes where both drivers were allegedly drunk at the time of the accidents.

In both cases, one from Dec. 13 of last year and one from Feb. 3, police had to apply for arrested warrants after obtaining the drivers’ medical records that showed blood alcohol contents above the legal limit.

In the first incident, a 31-year-old Southbury woman was arrested in connection with a one-car crash on the Post Road on Dec. 13.

Rebecca Dresel, of South Britain Road, suffered undisclosed injuries in the crash, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m. when her BMW struck a telephone pole traveling eastbound near the exit 13 ramp of I-95, police said.

Dresel was treated in Norwalk Hospital, and police first applied for a search warrant for her medical records, which revealed that her BAC was above the legal limit, police said.

According to Capt. Fred Komm, police then applied for an arrest warrant for Dresel based on the BAC information, which was not specified.

Dresel was charged with driving under the influence, misuse of marker plates, no insurance and operation an unregistered motor vehicle. She turned herself into police custody on March 4 and was released after posting a $50 bond; she was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

In the second incident, police said a 22-year-old Darien man crashed his Chevrolet pickup truck into a bridge abutment on Old Kings Highway South near Glen Gorham Lane on Feb. 3, and the truck became partially submerged in the Stony Brook River below.

Timothy Sargent, of Brookside Drive, suffered face and neck injuries in the 2 a.m., one-car crash and was treated in Stamford Hospital, police said.

As in the Dresel case, police applied for the arrest warrant after learning of Sargent’s BAC level, which the department did not disclose.

Sargent was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive right. He turned himself into police custody on Sunday and was released after posting a $250 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 21.

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