Drunk driver speeds past Trumbull cop on Route 8
A Branford man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license on Route 8 at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15.
Police said Robert Kyle, 34, drove passed an on-duty Trumbull police officer who was traveling northbound on the state highway.
According to a report, Kyle was pulled over for speeding and he told the officer he had consumed two beers earlier in the night.
The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and reported that Kyle was slurring his speech.
The report added that the Branford man handed a Home Depot credit card to the officer when asked to provide his driver’s license.
Kyle failed several field sobriety tests and was transported to police headquarters, where he was reported to have a blood alcohol concentration of .20%.
He changed his testimony to say that he had consumed two shots of hard liquor and four beers.
Police found that he had previously been convicted of a DUI in Norwalk back in November and that the case was still pending, triggering the suspended license charge.
He was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday, July 11.
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