NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man was charged with driving under the influence while his 9-year-old child was in the car early Saturday, according to police reports.
An officer on patrol on South Main Street saw a car make an illegal U-turn and cross the center line repeatedly at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. When the officer pulled over the car, the driver got out and began arguing before being asked to get back in his car, according to the arrest report.
Marc Damelio, 45, of Ellen Street was driving the car at the time, police said. Damelio’s 9-year-old child was in the car as well, along with three other unnamed men.
Damelio told officers that he had been driving around Norwalk handing out money that he had recently won at a casino, and he wanted his child to see his generosity, according to police reports. He said he did not know the other men in the car but was giving them a ride, according to the report.
Damelio failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was taken to police headquarters. A breath test conducted there registered his blood alcohol content at 0.117 and 0.116, which is over the legally allowed limit, police said.
His daughter was returned home to the custody of her mother. The Department of Children and Families was also notified to follow up with the case.
Damelio was charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor, failure to drive in the proper lane and making a restricted turn. He was held on $25,000 bond and is due in court on Jan. 21.