Stamford PD: 1 charged with DUI at West Beach

July 9, 2018

STAMFORD — A proactive lifeguard that reported three people behaving unruly and possibly inebriated helped police get a drunk driver off the roads Thursday, police said.

David Chaves, 31, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive right and failure to obey a stop sign.

A lifeguard at West Beach called Stamford police around 6 p.m. about three people on the beach who were acting inappropriately.

“The head lifeguard ... relayed that several families with small children complained to him that two men and a woman were playing loud music, wrestling int he sand and imitating sexual acts,” police said.

The lifeguard told police he saw the way they were acting and said they were likely under the influence of a substance.

“From a distance it could be seen that they were acting inappropriately,” police said of the trio.

But as officers approached, the three quickly got into a car and tried to leave the beach parking lot. A police captain that responded to the call followed after them, watching as they ran through a stop sign and traversed the curb.

The captain initiated a motor vehicle stop. The car and the driver of the car, later identified as Chaves, smelled of alcohol as officers approached, police said.

Chaves was placed under arrest. At police headquarters, he blew a .175 and a .174 on a Breathalyzer — more than twice the legal limit.

The other man and woman in the car were issued citations for creating a public disturbance for their actions on the beach, police said.

“Stamford Police would like to recognize Head Lifeguard John Costello who stayed way past the end of his shift to make sure the police had the necessary information to protect the beachgoers, families and children from the activities of these three people,” police said. “He also assisted in taking a very intoxicated driver off the road so the operator could do no further harm to the residents of Stamford.”

Court records for Chaves were not available Friday evening.

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