FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield man was charged with his second case of driving under the influence in as many weeks after driving onto South Street lawns Thursday night, according to police reports.
The suspect drove off the road and onto three properties Thursday evening, witnesses told police. He knocked over a mailbox and several bushes before coming to a stop when he collided with a tree, police said.
When officers arrived, they said they found the driver outside his car, complaining of neck pain. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment, where he refused blood and urine tests but failed a field sobriety test, according to police reports. The man later admitted to taking several Xanax pills before driving, police said.
Officers recognized the driver as Jeffrey Nielsen, 44, of French Street. Nielsen had been charged with driving under the influence Sept. 7, after he drove into a telephone pole and snapped it in half, according to police reports.
Nielsen was charged with driving under the influence and a failure to drive on the right Thursday night. He was released on a promise to appear in court, with an appearance scheduled for Oct. 1.