FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield man was charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident that snapped a utility pole, according to police reports.
The accident occurred on River Street late Friday night. A car swerved off the road into a telephone pole, snapping it near the base, police said. The car came to rest on top of the remaining stump, with the pole and wires blocking the rest of the street, police said. Officers arrived to find the driver standing outside the car with a laceration on his arm, according to police reports.
The man told police he had swerved off the road to avoid a deer, police said. At the time, he was slurring his speech and during the interview he failed field sobriety tests, according to police reports.
Jeffrey Nielsen, 44, of French Street, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive on the right, both misdemeanors, and issued an infraction for failure to have insurance. He was released on a promise to appear in court, and is due for arraignment Sept. 17. After processing, he was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport for treatment for arm pain.