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Driver Faces Multiple Charges in Westport

Driving erratically is an effective way of catching a police officer's attention. That's what led Westport police to stop Stratford resident James Murphy on Tuesday night.

Murphy, 53, was reportedly seen swerving between lanes on Post Road East near Riverside Avenue. After he turned onto Riverside, Murphy was stopped. In speaking with Murphy, the police officer said he smelled alcohol on Murhpy's breath. He failed field sobriety tests, and a partially consumed can of beer was found inside the car. He was charged with operating under the influence, operating under suspension, failure to return license, failure to drive in the proper lane and drinking while operating a motor vehicle.

A computer check revealed Murphy was wanted on an arrest warrant from Stratford police. The warrant stems from a disorderly conduct charge on which Murphy allegedly failed to appear in court. He was also charged with second-degree failure to appear.

Murphy is scheduled to appear in Norwalk court March 9 for the Westport charges. He is due in Bridgeport court March 2 on the failure to appear charge.

Also from the police blotter:

• John Reilly of 45 Jesup Road, Westport, was arrested Saturday night after a computer check on his registration revealed a warrant for his arrest. The warrant, out of Fairfield, stemmed from a littering violation on which Reilly, 47, allegedly failed to respond. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport court March 1.

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