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Police: Woman Arrested On DUI Charge After Driving Erratically In Westport

Janette Newman was arrested on Oct. 24 and charged with driving under the influence, after officers witnessed her driving erratically.
Janette Newman was arrested on Oct. 24 and charged with driving under the influence, after officers witnessed her driving erratically. Photo Credit: Westport Police

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A 47-year-old Stamford woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after an officer saw her vehicle making erratic movements on Saturday, Oct. 24, Westport Police said.

At 10:20 p.m. an officer noticed a gray Subaru, driven by Janette Newman, on Post Road East near Imperial Avenue. Her vehicle was stopped for a red light t an unusually far distance away from the stop bar, and when the vehicle accelerated it made noticeable erratic movements, said police.

The officer pulled over the car and immediately noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath as Newman spoke, police said.

Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and she was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs. A breath test revealed a BAC of .28, which is more than triple the state’s legal threshold of .08.

Newman was released from police custody on $500 bond pending a Nov. 6 court date.

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