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Greenwich Mom, Slumped Over Wheel, Busted For DWI With Child In SUV, Police Say

Caitlin Brodie
Caitlin Brodie Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Deparment

This story has been updated.

A Fairfield County mom was busted for alleged DWI after being found slumped over the steering wheel of her SUV with her child in the back seat.

The incident took place in Greenwich on Thursday, Dec. 29 on Ocean View Avenue.

According to Lt. Patrick Smyth of the Greenwich Police, officers responded to Ocean View Avenue for a report of a blonde woman slumped over the steering wheel of a dark-colored SUV. 

The driver, Caitlin Brodie, age 39, of Greenwich, was observed by Greenwich Police officers to have glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol coming from her breath, Smyth said.

When asked to perform the standard field sobriety test she did not perform them to standard, police said.

Officers also found her son in the SUV, they added.

Brodie was arrested and charged with DWI with a child and risk of injury. 

Under Connecticut state law, a person can be charged with DWI or driving while intoxicated, with or without any direct evidence of a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The determining factor is whether a person's ability to drive has been impaired.

She was released after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

In a statement released to Daily Voice through her attorney, Brodie said: "When I was home alone with my young son who is being treated for recently-diagnosed Stage IV cancer and saw that he spiked a fever while I did my nightly bed check, I immediately followed the medical instructions to seek urgent care at the hospital where he is being treated. 

"On my panicked drive to Manhattan, I felt unwell and thought it was safest to get off the road briefly and compose myself. I look forward to sorting out this misunderstanding."

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