NORWALK, Conn. – One of the drivers involved in the two-car crash that snarled traffic Thursday evening on Connecticut Avenue appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, according to Norwalk police.
Norwalk resident Steven Harris, 37, of Ferris Avenue, was driving his Mercedes-Benz sedan north on Connecticut Avenue just before 6 p.m. when he allegedly drove head-on into a UPS delivery truck.
The crash occurred near Glenwood Avenue. Despite initial reports of injuries, neither driver required treatment at nearby Norwalk Hospital, police said
Harris reportedly told police he was trying to turn left into a gas station and crossed the yellow lines to do so, directly into the path of the UPS truck. Police said the gas station was more than 200 feet away from where the crash occurred.
Officers said they found two empty bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade – an alcoholic beverage – in the back of Harris’ car as well as seven Oxycodone pills. Harris told police he had a valid prescription for the painkillers, but they were not stored in the proper container, police said.
Harris failed roadside sobriety tests, police said.
Harris was charged with operation of a vehicle while under the influence, failure to keep drugs in original container, failure to carry registration and insurance cards and a violating a left lane restriction. He was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Feb. 28 in Norwalk Superior Court.
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