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Man, 49, With Child In Vehicle Under Influence, Police Say

Rigoberto Contreras
Rigoberto Contreras Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

A 49-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence after Stamford Police saw a 2-year-old child in the vehicle without being in a car seat.

Rigoberto Contreras, address unknown, was arrested on Saturday after an officer working a special "operating under the influence" detail saw a blue Nissan Quest traveling east on East Main Street with a defective muffler, Stamford Police said.

When the vehicle made an abrupt turn into the parking lot of 838 East Main St the officer saw a young child unrestrained in the rear seat, police said.

Following the stop, the officer said that when he approached the vehicle, Contreras did not have a license and reeked of alcohol, police said. In addition to the 2-year-old, he also had two other occupants.

A further investigation revealed there was an operational child restraint system in the backseat.

After failing two out of three field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test registered more than double the legal limit, Contreras was charged with OUI with a child, driving without a license, traveling with a child unrestrained and having a defective muffler.

He was issued a $100 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 17.

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