Stamford woman on way to court charged with DUI
STAMFORD — Police say a woman on her way to challenge a traffic ticket in court was charged with drunken driving after running a red light.
Sgt. Jeffrey Booth said Officer Richard Dabrowski saw the woman go through the red light and nearly hit a Jeep at the intersection of Grove and Broad streets shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.
Dabrowski, who is in the department’s Traffic Unit, detected alcohol on the woman’s breath when he pulled her over, Booth said.
The woman, Patricia Tirpack, 65, of Charles Street, told the officer she did not have anything to drink since having a bottle of vodka Thursday night, Booth said.
Tirpack told Dabrowski she was headed to court to appear on an evading responsibility charge for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident. She was accused of fleeing after hitting a parked car in June.
Dabrowski administered a horizontal eye test after ordering Tirpack to get out of the car. Booth said she failed the test and Dabrowski did not administer walking tests because he was afraid Tirpack would get hurt since, he said, she could not stand on her own.
Tirpack claimed she could not take a Breathalyzer because of a medical condition, Booth said. However, she did submit a urine sample for testing.