Woman Found Stopped In Intersection Under Influence - Of Vanilla Extract, New Canaan Police Say

A woman is facing a driving under the influence charge after New Canaan Police allegedly discovered her behind the wheel of a stopped vehicle in an intersection with her eyes closed.

Intersection of Pine Street and Grove Street in New Canaan
Intersection of Pine Street and Grove Street in New Canaan Photo Credit: Google Maps

Police were dispatched to the intersection of Grove Street and Pine Street at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 after hearing a report of a vehicle stopped in an intersection.

Police arrived to discover that the vehicle’s operator, identified as 50-year-old Stefanie Warner-Grise, was sitting in the driver’s seat with her eyes closed. Police made contact with Warner-Grise and detected a strong odor of vanilla. Warner-Grise was allegedly slurring words and unable to provide coherent answers to basic questions.

Police then found a large number of empty bottles of pure vanilla extract inside the vehicle. Warner-Grise was asked to participate in a series of Field Sobriety Tests, which she did not pass.

Warner-Grise was arrested and charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs. She refused to submit to a BAC test and was held on $250 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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