Greenwich man arrested for sixth DUI charge

Darien Police arrested a Greenwich man for his sixth intoxicated driving ticket in less than 30 years after an incident on Monday, June 9.

James Martin, 49, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to drive right, driving while under suspended license, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to insure a motor vehicle, and illegal operation of a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Martin was last charged with a DWI in 2013, police said.

Darien Police were called at 7:15 p.m. on a report of an erratic driver on Hollow Tree Ridge Road near Heights Road. The caller told police that someone had driven a Chevrolet Blazer over the double yellow line to pass a vehicle, struck the curb and almost hit a row of mailboxes.

Police responded and saw Martin turn onto Gardiner Street off Linden Avenue in the Blazer. He was soon stopped. Police said that Martin stumbled when he attempted to stand and leaned against his car as he stood. His speech was also slurred and he was slow to answer questions, according to police.

He gave the officer an expired insurance card and could not produce a valid driver’s license, police said. He also gave conflicting accounts of how much alcohol he had consumed. Martin later told police that he had three beers at lunch and half a bottle of wine, police said. Officers reported finding a bottle of Prosecco behind the center console of the Blazer.

Martin was required to have a device on his car that would only allow him to start his vehicle if his breath contained below the legal limit for alcohol, but that device was not in use, police said. He failed to post a $2,500 bond and he had court the next day. His next court date is Thursday, June 19.

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