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Stamford Motorist Charged With DUI After Nearly Striking Greenwich PD Cruiser, Police Say

East Putnam Avenue/Mason Street in Greenwich
East Putnam Avenue/Mason Street in Greenwich Photo Credit: Google Maps

A Stamford motorist is facing DUI charges after he almost crashed into a Greenwich police cruiser, authorities say.

Officers were on patrol in the area of East Putnam Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 16 around 11:30 p.m. when they observed a vehicle traveling eastbound.

The vehicle allegedly crossed over the double yellow line and drifted into the westbound lane, forcing an officer to swerve in order to avoid being hit.

A DMV inquiry of the vehicle also revealed that the registration had been expired since September of 2015.

Police conducted a traffic stop and immediately noticed that the driver, identified as 52-year-old William Hammel, had red eyes. The vehicle also smelled strongly of alcohol.

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

Hammel was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Operating under the influence
  • Failure to maintain lane
  • Operating an unregistered motor vehicle

Hammel was released after posting $250 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Monday, March 4.

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