NORWALK, Conn. A Norwalk driver narrowly missed two head-on collisions as she sped the wrong way on a Norwalk street early Monday, Norwalk Police say. Lisa Loudon, 46, of 125 Perry Ave. had a blood alcohol level about four times the legal limit, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said.
Loudon was charged with operating under the influence and reckless driving, both misdemeanors. Bond was $250.
A police officer heading east on Perry at about 1:50 a.m. had to swerve into the westbound lane to avoid colliding with Loudon, who he estimated was going at least 60 mph in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee in the east bound lane, Cotto said. He turned around to follow as she continued on the wrong side of the road, watching as she nearly hit two trees and forced another car to swerve into the westbound lane in the area of James Street to miss Loudon's car, Cotto said. The officer was going more than 70 mph but did not catch up until Loudon slammed on her brakes and backed into her driveway, nearly hitting a telephone pole, according to the account.
Loudon sat in her car as the officer walked up and opened the Jeep's door, Cotto said. He had to take a step back because of the "overwhelming" and "extremely strong" odor of alcohol, Cotto said. Loudon's eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and she mumbled incoherently, Cotto said. The officer asked if she had been drinking and she replied, "Oh, yeah!" She said she had been coming from "all over" and denied driving the car, although she was sitting in the driver's seat, Cotto said.
Loudon almost fell out of the car when she tried to get out and said the one-leg stand, a sobriety test, was "too complicated," according to the account. She said she had had two glasses of wine to celebrate Mother's Day and would not say where she had been drinking. The first blood alcohol test reading came back at .327 and the second one was .308, Cotto said. The legal limit is .008 .
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