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Stamford sobriety checkpoint nabs those driving under the influence

August 31, 2018

STAMFORD — A sobriety checkpoint set up on the East Side was shut down earlier than planned on Thursday night after police issued 12 tickets and made three arrests in the span of an hour.

Capt. Diedrich Hohn, who was in command of the checkpoint, set 11 officers up in front of 919 East Main St., near the Myrtle Street railroad overpass, at 9:30 p.m. “The detail had to be broken down at 10:30 due to a large amount of arrests and activity,” Hohn said.

The tickets written at the checkpoint were for violations including possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.

Otis Underwood, 65, was allegedly spotted by Sgt. Andrew Gallagher shoving something under his seat. A bag containing a a quarter ounce of marijuana along with five folds of powder cocaine was found under the seat. He was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana.

Also arrested was Jose Buritica, 59, who came through the checkpoint inebriated, Hohn said. He failed all the field sobriety tests and was charged with operating under the influence.

Dylan Sidell, 28, allegedly attempted to drive through the checkpoint without stopping and Hohn had to use a flashlight to tap his windshield to get him to stop. Hohn said he appeared to be incoherent, lethargic, unsteady on his feet and had extremely dilated pupils.

Sidell had a bottle of Klonopin, used to treat panic attacks, on his person and six other bottles of prescription drugs in the car, Hohn said. While all were prescribed to Sidell, they were labeled with warnings saying no one should be driving or operating machinery while taking them.

He was charged with driving while under the influence.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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