DARIEN — A 59-year-old Norwalk woman was charged with driving under the influence after a witness called her in as an erratic driver.
On Sept. 26 around 12:50 p.m, police received a report of a driver swerving heavily and striking the curb in the area of Hoyt Street and Phillips Lane. When officers arrived, they found Eleanor Behringer, of Union Avenue, pulled over on the side of Hoyt Street near the intersection with Phillips Lane. When officers approached the 2013 white Honda Civic, they noticed heavy damage on the car’s front passenger side tire and rim, making the car inoperable.
Behringer was in the driver’s seat of the car when officers approached. When asked, she said she couldn’t remember hitting anything or how the car became damaged. The Norwalk woman also had difficulty putting the car in park and removing the keys. Officers observed she was unsteady on her feet.
Behringer agreed to submit to a field sobriety test, which she failed. Behringer was subsequently placed under arrest for driving under the influence and brought to headquarters. A breath test around 2 p.m. showed Behringer’s blood alcohol content to be 0. She then submitted to two urine tests. Results from those tests are pending.
Behringer posted a $500 bond and was released with an Oct. 6 court date.