Cops: Darien Woman Drove Drunk With Daughters In Car

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Kathryn Sullivan, 44, of Darien, was charged Tuesday with  driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and driving without insurance.
Kathryn Sullivan, 44, of Darien, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and driving without insurance. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. – A 44-year-old Darien woman was arrested on driving under the influence and other charges Tuesday after one of her daughters in the car reported her mother was drunk, Norwalk police said.

Kathryn Sullivan, of Holmes Avenue, had a blood alcohol concentration of .237 on the first test, and .226 on the second test, according to police. Any reading above .08 is considered legally intoxicated in Connecticut.

Sullivan was driving her Lexus 350 sport utility vehicle on Grandview Avenue near Jefferson School in Norwalk when her 15-year-old daughter called a family friend from the car to report that her mother was drunk. Sullivan’s 11-year-old daughter was also in the car at the time of incident, which was just before 8 p.m.

The friend on the phone called the police and convinced Sullivan to pull over and stop, police said, and officers found the three in the vehicle parked in the parking lot by the school.

Sullivan appeared glassy eyed and told officers that she had two drinks earlier in the evening, but she failed three separate roadside sobriety tests. She then said she may have had four drinks, and she was taken into custody, police said.

The daughters, who were visibly upset by the incident, were picked up by the family friend, according to police. While in police custody, Sullivan’s blood alcohol concentration was tested twice, and she registered the .237 and the .226.

Sullivan was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and driving without insurance. She was released after posting a $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on March 7.

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Imagine what the poor kids are going through now, and what they have already seen. Having grown up with a mom with substance abuse issues, I pray for them.

We should all be glad the police were called. Perhaps this will make her get some help. She could have killed or hurt lots of innocent people.

@garden, she had already pulled over and was waiting for help. The "friend" then called police after she was pulled over and no longer at risk. The friend could have gone to the scene and picked everyone up instead of sending the police. And then deal with the situation when the woman was sober.

Are you kidding, the police added no value? That blood alcohol level would render most unable to hold a conversation... calling FF probably saved at least one life. That the mom states she will never forgive the daughter for this speaks how troubled she is. The 15 year old is regrettably a hero, and has made a wise choice to call for help. And if you are reading this, my prayers are with you for whatever else has happened that has lead to this. You should not have to deal with this at your age. I can't stop thinking that you have acted heroically on yours and your sister's behalf and you should always be confident you have a sense of right and wrong inside you.

yes, the daughter is a hero. She made good choices in a difficult situation. She possible called the wrong friend, but she did not know that. The daughter should be proud of herself and I suspect that her dad will tell her that.

Based on the user name, GodIsLove obviously places high importance on the glory of God. However, reading this post makes me wonder if GodIsLove reads the Word of God. James 4:11-12 reads: "Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you-who are you to judge your neighbor?" No one posting on this story knows the whole truth. You do not know the mother, or the childern, or the family friend or the Dad. Instead of casting judgement, can't we all just pray for peace for this family?

The Family Friend did the right thing. If the police weren't called then this mother may be out again driving drunk and next time hurt or kill someone. The FF was protecting the children, not the mother; and that's the way it should always be. Children first...adults second. She did leave the house to go pick up the kids. Don't know what just_looking is referring to. Obviously they didn't read the article.

Police did not need to be involved. They added no value to the situation and have made it worse.


NOT a family friend. Since FF had already convinced driver to pull over a real family friend would have left the house to help, not just called the police to deal with it.

This is very upsetting to hear. Clearly this mother is going thru some issues. What kind of issues is the unknown. However her daughter should not see her mom drunk (1), and (2) driving. The kids were upset and I can see why. But what seems odd here is where is the husband/father? Who is this "family friend"? A lot of unanswered questions here. Bottom line.....thank God the daughter did the right thing. Her mom sure wasn't.