NORWALK, Conn. A Norwalk man upset over breaking up with his girlfriend started a four-car pileup on North Main Street early Monday after he left a South Norwalk bar, according to Norwalk police. The driver hit a parked SUV, which hit two other parked vehicles. Three of the vehicles had to be towed because of heavy damage.
Jeffrey Gilbertson Alan, 17, of 4 Lorena St., was issued a summons for operating while under the influence and reckless driving.
Police say a worker from a North Main Street restaurant heard the crash at about 12:20 a.m. and went outside to check on the driver. After making sure no one was in the parked cars, he invited the driver inside.
When police arrived, the driver had disappeared. They found him in the bathroom, drinking water from the sink. The officer asked why he was doing that, and Gilbertson Alan said he was "drinking water before the cops come."
He said he had met friends in a bar on Washington Street but had decided to go to New York to surprise his ex-girlfriend. He thought another car was about to hit him so he swerved. Police say they could smell alcohol, but the suspect said he had only had one beer. He was failing a sobriety test, they say, when he said he had hit his head on the steering wheel. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital.
His Lexus rear-ended a Mercedes SUV, which traveled 20 feet to hit a Ford Focus, police say. The Focus hit another vehicle, which was not damaged heavily. The Lexus had front-end damage and the airbag had deployed.
Gilbertson Alan was argumentative with hospital staff, police say.
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