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Westport Teen Charged With DUI After Crash

WESTPORT, Conn. – A Westport teen whose blood-alcohol level tested nearly three times over the legal limit was arrested and charged with drunken driving last Thursday after he was involved in a minor car accident, police said.

When officers responded to an accident at Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike, Matthew Jerome, 19, was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, according to the police report.

Jerome, of Wilton Road, failed field sobriety tests. The results of his breath tests were 0.231 and 0.214, police said. The legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08.

In addition to operating under the influence of alcohol, he was charged with following too closely. He was held on $2,500 bond and arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court the following day.

Also from the police blotter:

Store theft arrest. A University of Connecticut student who used to work at Black Bear Wine and Spirits in Westport was arrested on a warrant charging him with stealing from the store, police said.

Monroe resident Christopher Ahrens, 21, is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in alcohol and money from the store over a four-day period while working there last July. Police said another former employee was also involved.

Ahrens was charged with fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny. He was released after posting $5,000 bond and is due in court May 15.

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