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Cop: Drunk hit-and-run driver drove to Stamford police station

February 11, 2019

STAMFORD—Police say that over the weekend a Greenwich drunk driver who was four times over the legal limit drove to police headquarters and turned himself in for a hit-hit-and-run accident in Stamford earlier in the day.

Capt. Diedrich Hohn said the man, Udayan Gupta, ended up parking in the space reserved for his plain black police car in front of police headquarters. Convenient because Hohn heads up the department’s drunk driving detail and has made over 40 drunk driving arrests in each of the past two years.

Hohn said problems began for Gupta just before 6 p.m. on Friday when he allegedly struck another car at Broad Street and Mill River. The other operator in the crash took a photo of the white Honda Civic that struck him moments before it drove away from the scene.

With a picture of the license plate, police traced the car to Gupta, who agreed to meet the police officers investigating the hit-and-run at police headquarters.

Just before 8 p.m. Hohn, who was working the drunk driving detail that night, pulled into the parking lot and saw the white Honda parked in his space and pulled in behind it. With Gupta sitting in the car with the transmission in reverse, it quickly became apparent with the stench of alcohol around him and his slurred speech that Gupta was trashed, Hohn said.

He was pulled out of the car and blew a .328 in the breathalyzer, showing he was four times over the legal limit, Hohn said.

Gupta was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and drunk driving.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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