NORWALK, Conn. – A 30-year-old Seattle man was charged with operating under the influence after he allegedly rear-ended a Norwalk police detective's car Sunday, police said.
Detective Ryan Evarts was driving north on Fairfield Avenue a little before 9 p.m. when his unmarked car was hit by a car driven by Ruben Leon, police said. Neither Evarts nor Leon reported injuries.
Instead of pulling over, however, Leon allegedly drove off, police said. Evarts gave chase and pulled Leon over on Reed Street. Police said Leon was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests at police headquarters.
While in police custody, Leon said he needed to go to the bathroom, where he allegedly tried to drink water from the sink but was forced to spit it out. He then allegedlly refused to take a breathalyzer test, police said. The man later changed his mind, but by then police said it was too late.
Leon was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, following too close and evading responsibility. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 7.