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Bridgeport Woman Charged with DUI Shares Opinion of Norwalk Police

Susan Montez. Courtesy Norwalk Police Dept.
Susan Montez. Courtesy Norwalk Police Dept.
Susan Montez, 57, of 177 Wilson St in Bridgeport was arrested on Saturday in Norwalk on charges including Assault on a Peace Officer, Failure to Drive in Proper Lane and Operation While Under the Influence.

At 7:10pm on Saturday, Norwalk Police received a report that a vehicle had run off the road on Highland Ave. Upon arrival a 2012 Hyundai Elantra was observed behind the baseball field at Roton School and its tires were spinning.

An officer observed tire markings in the snow and debris in the road from the vehicle. 

The vehicle operator, Montez, said she had pulled over to let a friend use the bathroom. The officer observed that Montez' eyes were red and glossy and asked her to turn off her car engine and exit the vehicle.  

Montez failed to successfully complete an initial round of field sobriety tests. Meanwhile the officer observed a fresh set of footprints in the snow leading away from Montez' car.

The officer followed the footprints, which led to a man covered in snow as if he had fallen, and was leaning against the back of a neighboring house. The man, who police observed was stumbling and slurring his words, indicated to the officer that he had exited Montez' car because she was "drunk and crazy."

Police observed damage to a SNET pole as well as Montez' car.

Montez was placed under arrest and brought to Police Headquarters where she indicated she wished to call an attorney, though, after a half an hour she was unable to reach one. Montez refused to take a breath test and, according to the police report, said, "I hate dealing with the (expletive) cops in Norwalk. You are all (expletives)."

Meanwhile a witness who had seen the accident arrived at Norwalk Police headquarters and indicated that he had observed Montez traveling on Highland Ave, signaling a left turn but slowly drifting to the right and into the guide wire of the SNET pole.

As police attempted to fingerprint Montez, she became uncooperative, elaborating on her opinion of Norwalk police with a litany of expletives, and kicking an officer in the leg.

Montez was held on $5,000 bond and has a court date of Feb. 7.
Steve Mavronas January 31, 2014 at 04:11 PM
This woman is a full time professor at Norwalk Community College. . ''Poetry transforms and redeems the common, the hurtful, the humiliating.'' Susan Montez (b. c. 1956), U.S. poet. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A43 (July 13, 1994). . Do you think this experience will transform and redeem her?

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