Man Who Nearly Backed Into Fairfield Police Car Charged With DUI

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Fairfield police cruiser was nearly struck by another car in the parking lot of Al's Liquor Warehouse late Wednesday night, resulting in the drunken driving arrest of the man behind the wheel, police said.

While on patrol, the officer noticed a car sitting in the parking lot even though all businesses were closed, the police report said. As the officer pulled behind the car, the driver began to back up, stopping only after the officer blasted the horn and turned the sirens on, the police report said. The man's car narrowly missed hitting the patrol car, police said. 

When the officer approached the car, he reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol and seeing a beer can and a bottle of vodka in the cup holders, police said. 

Larry Harris, 65, of Bridgeport, was asked to perform the standard field sobriety tests, which he failed and was taken into custody, police said.

While in custody, he consented to a breath and urine test and told officers that he drinks in that parking lot at least twice a week. 

Harris was released on $100 cash bond and given a court date of Dec. 23. 

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