Westchester County Woman Nabbed For DWI, Driving Wrong Way On I-95

A 911 call led Connecticut State Police to apprehend a wrong-way driver from New York in Fairfield County who was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Cristina De Almeida Gomes

Cristina De Almeida Gomes

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

The incident occurred in Greenwich around 1:40 a.m. on Friday, March 22 on I-95 near Exit 3.

According to Connecticut State Police, as troopers were dispatched to the location, Troop G desk personnel began observing DOT highway camera images and identified a red vehicle stopped on the shoulder south of the Exit 3 entrance ramp. 

On the cameras, desk personnel saw the red vehicle begin traveling in reverse on the right shoulder, before entering into the right and then center lane, still traveling in reverse as oncoming traffic swerved to avoid colliding with it, state police said.

Upon passing the Exit 3 entrance ramp, the vehicle turned around and began traveling northbound in the area of Exit 5.

Shortly afterward, one of the responding troopers located the vehicle, identified as a Honda HRV, traveling on I-95 southbound in the area of Exit 2. 

The trooper initiated a motor vehicle stop and during their interactions with the driver, who was identified as Westchester County resident Flavia Cristina De Almeida Gomes, age 49, of West Harrison, troopers suspected that she may have been driving impaired, state police said.

Troopers administered field sobriety tests which were not performed to standard, they added.

De Almeida Gomes was taken into custody and transported to Troop G in Bridgeport, where she was processed and charged with:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Failure to maintain a proper lane
  • Driving the wrong way on a divided highway
  • Unsafe backing
  • Improper parking
  • Reckless endangerment 

She was later released on a $2,500 cash bond.

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