Stamford man charged with drunk driving after crashing into stone wall


STAMFORD – A Stamford man, who had just bought two bottles of whiskey, has been cited for driving while intoxicated after crashing into a stone wall on a North Stamford property early Tuesday afternoon, a the police announced.

Sgt. Jose Alvarez said police were called to 450 Haviland Road at 2:49 p.m. after a car crashed into a stone wall on the property. When police arrived at the scene, they found the driver of the vehicle, Colton Riley, 36, of Stamford, “severely intoxicated”, Alvarez said.

Police said they found two opened and partially consumed bottles of whiskey, which, according to a receipt found in the car, had been purchased at a local store about an hour earlier.

Police say they found a loaded 9mm Glock pistol in Riley’s unlocked glove box. Alvarez said Riley was properly authorized to carry the gun, but his license and pistol were seized, along with the alcohol and the receipt.

Captain Richard Conklin said his pistol license would be transferred to state police for possible revocation.

When medics arrived, Riley attempted to refuse medical treatment, police said, but due to his intoxication he was taken to Stamford Hospital.

When he was released from the hospital less than two hours later, Riley was asked to perform three field sobriety tests, but was unable to do them, Alvarez said.

Riley refused to take a breathalyzer test, take his fingerprints and take a photograph, Alvarez said.

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He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving the wrong way, illegally storing a pistol and refusing to be assaulted or printed. He was held on $ 10,000 bond and brought to Bridgeport for arraignment.

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