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Fairfield Driver Charged With DUI and Hit and Run

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Long Island man was charged with driving into a car in a Fairfield driveway and driving under the influence early Saturday morning. Charles Buffin, 21, of Oyster Bay hit the vehicle while trying to make a U-turn on Lalley Boulevard, police said.

The car's owner called police at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday after hearing a crashing noise in his front yard and seeing a car drive off. The rear bumper of the resident's car was damaged. Police found Buffin nearby at the corner of Beach Road and Old Post Road. They said his right front headlight and bumper were damaged and that there were streaks of paint on the car matching the resident's car.

Buffin admitted hitting the car and driving away, police say. Officers conducted three field sobriety tests, and reported that Buffin failed all three. He was charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility, and failure to drive right. He was released on a $25 bond and is due in court to face charges Nov. 1.

Also from the police blotter:

A Delaware teen was charged with drug possession Saturday night after Fairfield University security said they found 23 pills in his car. Thomas Morgan Gill, 19, of Newark, Del., was also fined for possession of alcohol and marijuana.

University public safety workers stopped Gill, who is not enrolled at the school, while he was driving on campus. They smelled the odor of burnt marijuana and called Fairfield Police. Officers searched Gill’s car and found a marijuana cigarette, along with 23 pills similar to Adderall in an unmarked container.

Gill was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, failure to keep prescription medications in their proper container and possession within 1,500 feet of a school. Bond was set at $2,500. He is due in court Oct. 31.

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