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Friday, April 20 News

Fairfield man charged with DUI

FAIRFIELD — A Birchwood Road man was arrested for driving under the influence during Saturday’s snow storm.

Stephen Pardo, 52, was also charged with interfering with an officer in the incident, which started to unfold at Whole Foods just before 11 a.m.

Patrons at the grocery store saw Pardo, dressed in shorts, flip flops, and no jacket, trying to pay for a bouquet of flowers. They told police he was having difficulty getting the money out of his wallet. While one patron called 911, a second followed Pardo as he got in his car and drove away.

That witness told police Pardo drove the entire length of Crestwood Road on the wrong side of the street. When officers arrived at the Birchwood Road address, Pardo was sitting in his car and admitted to driving home from Whole Foods.

He failed field sobriety tests, according to the report, and then the officers and Pardo went up onto the covered porch to conduct some additional testing. At that point, police said, Pardo’s wife opened the front door and Pardo tried to push his way into the house. The officer grabbed ahold of Pardo’s shirt, while Pardo held onto the door jamb. As officers tried to handcuff him, they said Pardo repeatedly pulled away before he was eventually taken into custody. He refused to submit to a breath analysis.

Pardo was released to his wife after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Jan. 9.

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