A 25-year-old Norwalk man driving with a passenger hit a guardrail as he turned onto Cemetery Street from East Avenue, then was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Norwalk police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident:
Yohn Acosta-Cardona of Third Street was driving past the East Norwalk Cemetery onto Cemetery Street in a 2006 Honda Civic just before 2:23 a.m. when the car hit a guardrail. The car sustained heavy front-end damage.
He was not seriously injured in the accident, although there was a red mark near his collar bone, which police thought might have been made by his shoulder seat belt.
When police came and an officer questioned him, Acosta-Cardona's eyes were glassy, he smelled of alcohol and he told police he had been drinking vodka at a bar earlier that night. He failed his field sobriety tests and was later given a blood-alcohol test which returned a 0.141 result, well over the limit.
He also didn't have a driver's license with him. Acosta-Cardona was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, failure to drive right and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license. He is scheduled to appear Sept. 16 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.
At the police station, where he was initially held on $100 bond, Acosta-Cardona was asked to sign a statement that he had been given his Miranda rights. He began reading it but refused to finish, telling police, "Come on, guys -- you know I'm drunk."