On Thursday 9/3/2020 at approximately 8:00pm, a Fairfield Police Traffic Enforcement Sergeant was struck by a suspected drunk driver while working a State DUI Grant. This Grant is entirely dedicated towards the identification and removal of reckless and drunk drivers from the roadways.
Fairfield Police Emergency Communications Center received a radio transmission from a Fairfield Police Sergeant that he had just been involved in a motor vehicle collision on the Old Post Road near South Benson Road. The striking vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines while traveling east bound on the Old Post Road, causing the Sergeant to perform a proactive avoidance maneuver to minimize the impact. The striking vehicle sideswiped the police vehicle and immediately fled the scene. The Sergeant radioed for assistance, then followed the striking vehicle which pulled to the side of the road a couple hundred yards away where a motor vehicle stop was initiated.
The operator of the vehicle, identified as Erin Daley (DOB 5/23/1990) of 258 West Cedar Street, Norwalk was not injured during the accident. Additionally, the front seat passenger in her vehicle was not injured. After a police investigation of the incident, she was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (14-227a), Evading Responsibility (14-224b) and Failure to Maintain Proper Lane (14-236). At headquarters, a chemical analysis found Daley’s Blood Alcohol Content to be nearly three times the legal limit. She was released after posting a $1,000 Bond and is scheduled to appear in court on 9/29/2020.
Fortunately, the Sergeant was not injured and both vehicles sustained minor damage.
This is the second police vehicle struck by a suspected drunk driver in Fairfield within a two-week period.
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