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Norwalk High Teacher Charged With DUI

NORWALK, Conn. – A woman who said she was a teacher at Norwalk High School was pulled over on Main Avenue Sunday night and charged with DUI, police reported.

Hege Abrahamsen, 39, of 18 Glenrock Road, was also charged with driving an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to obey a control signal and left lane restriction. Bond was $3,000. Police said Abrahamsen, an English teacher, had a blood alcohol level of 0.229, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

When she was asked to take a sobriety test, police said she protested, saying: "I'm not going to take the test because I'm a school teacher at Norwalk High School and I'm going to lose my job."

Officer Jonathan Zavitz said he spotted Abrahamsen at 9:46 p.m. going through a red light at Cross Street and Main Avenue. He said he followed her up Main Avenue and turned on his lights after she had a near-collision, but she didn't stop right away, police said. She eventually pulled over at the Cumberland Farms, hitting the curb and parking on the sidewalk, police said. They said there was a strong odor of alcohol in the car and Abrahamsen seemed confused, asking Zavitz why he was being so mean. She could not find her car registration. Police said it had expired in 2010.

She said she wanted to get home so she had run the light. "This is ridiculous," she was quoted as saying. "The lights in Norwalk are too long, they take forever. I can give you a list of other lights that I run if you want."

When Officer Tyrone Boyd, a DUI expert, arrived, he explained that it was necessary to enforce laws because drunken-driving kills people. He asked how she would feel if she hit a student or a child and he had to make a phone call to a parent and say the child was dead.

Sgt. Lisa Cotto, the Norwalk Police Department spokesman, said she replied, "Well, that's your job, you're a police officer. That's not my job." She failed the sobriety test and was brought to police headquarters, officers said. They said she refused to sign a Miranda rights form and said she wanted a lawyer. Police gave her a phone and a phone book, but she did not make a call, police said.

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