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Woman, 20, Involved In Rollover Crash Had Elevated BAC, Police Say

Natalie Harper
Natalie Harper Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

A 20-year-old woman was arrested on an active warrant for allegedly driving with an elevated blood-alcohol level that took place in July in Darien.

According to police, Natalie Harper, of Darien, was charged after officers responded to a home in Darien for the report of a vehicle rolled over in the front yard of the home, said Darien Police Sgt. James Palmieri.

When officers arrived, the operator of the vehicle identified herself and while speaking with officers they noticed she became increasingly upset and incoherent. 

A passenger in the vehicle told officers that they and Harper had been drinking alcohol earlier in the morning, and was in the vehicle when Harper lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over, Palmieri said.

Officers noted that Harper was unsteady on her feet and the odor of an alcoholic beverage. When officers attempted to conduct field sobriety testing, but Harper refused to cooperate, police said.

 Based on the scene and the potential for an apparent injury, Harper was transported to the hospital. A search warrant for the lab results of Harper’s medical evaluation was sought and granted. 

The results of the search warrant revealed that at the time of evaluation, Harper had a blood alcohol level of .05, and an arrest warrant was granted.

On Friday, Oct. 30, Harper turned herself in for the active warrant. She was taken into custody and charged with operation by a minor with an elevated BAC.

Harper was released on a promise to appear summons.


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