Stam­ford woman on way to court charged with DUI

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Reactions - By John Nick­er­son jnick­er­son@stam­for­dad­vo­

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.

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