Man Driving Twice Speed Limit Charged With DUI, Narcotics Possession In Darien, Police Say

A man who police say drove at twice the speed limit has been charged with DUI and possession of narcotics in Darien.

James Tovar, 32, of Darien

James Tovar, 32, of Darien

Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

Darien Police say they observed a black Volkswagen Passat being driven at a high speed eastbound on Post Road in the area of Center Street on Saturday, Oct. 5 around 1:15 a.m.

The vehicle’s speed measured 52 mph in a 25 mph zone, police say.

The officer allegedly followed the vehicle and observed the driver almost strike a curb before over-correcting and crossing the double-yellow lines of Mansfield Avenue.

A traffic stop was initiated and the driver, identified as James Tovar, 32, of Darien, allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol earlier that evening.

Tovar was asked to participate in a series of field sobriety tests, which police say he did not pass.

While officers were inventorying Tovar’s vehicle prior to towing, they allegedly discovered a plastic bag containing marijuana on the front passenger’s seat.

Tovar was arrested and transported to headquarters, where police say a breathalyzer test gave a BAC reading of .1997.

Tovar was charged with the following:

  • Operating under the influence
  • Failure to drive right
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Possession of narcotics

Tovar was released on a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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