WESTPORT — A Stamford man has been charged with driving under the influence after police said he was stopped while driving “extremely slow” on Saugatuck Avenue earlier this week.
Alvaro Espina, 39, faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as illegal operation of a motor vehicle while his license was under suspension.
On Jan. 11, an officer was dispatched about 8:30 p.m. to investigate a report that a car was traveling well below the posted speed limit on Saugatuck Avenue, near Ferry Lane West. A complainant had told police the same vehicle was seen earlier swerving on Interstate 95.
The driver — identified by police as Espina — was pulled over, and the officer reported smelling a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from the vehicle.
Espina was exhibiting “signs of possible intoxication, such as bloodshot eyes and an inability to follow simple instructions,” according to the police report.
He refused to submit to a field sobriety test, police said, and was placed under arrest. At police headquarters, he also refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.
Following his arrest on the two charges, Espina was released after posting $1,500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 20 at state Superior Court in Stamford.