Woman arrested following alleged drunk driving
The Stratford woman blamed for a wild, dangerous ride on West Putnam Avenue in August that left multiple crumpled vehicles in its wake this August is facing numerous charges following her arrest on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Maria Perez-Boggia, 64, turned herself in after Greenwich police obtained an arrest warrant stemming from a drunk driving incident the night of August 30. Court documents report that Perez-Boggia's blood-alcohol content was .308 the night of the collisions, nearly four times the legal limit. Now, the charges are racking up: driving under the influence, driving while drinking, leaving the scene of an accident and other infractions.
Perez-Boggia was traveling westbound on East Putnam Avenue in her grey Kia Rio when she encountered a stopped Lexus SUV at a traffic light. The driver attempted to circle the stopped SUV, but collided with the stopped vehicle's bumper before speeding off. The operator of the SUV followed closely behind, dialing 911.
Seconds into her attempted escape, Perez-Boggia began to swerve erratically, eventually crossing over the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane and crashing head on into oncoming crash, police said. The collision between Perez-Boggia and a Subaru SUV totaled her vehicle. Police arrived to find Perez-Boggia slumped in the car with her seat belt on and her keys in the ignition. According to court documents, the officers immediately noticed the smell of alcohol emanating from inside the car and from Perez-Boggia, and saw an empty and open bottle of rum on the passenger seat. A cup in the center console appeared to have contained alcohol as well, and police noted its contents had splashed about during the impacts.
Communicating with Perez-Boggia became increasingly difficult, according to court reports; she slurred her words and, at first, could not recall that she had been in an accident. When asked if she was intoxicated, she responded that she had been drinking heavily and "should just be arrested." But she also seemed to forget the incident, asking several times why the police were there and if she could go home. Each time, the court documents said, police reminded her that she had been in two accidents and that her car was not drivable because of the damage. When asked where she was, she responded Milford, believing herself to be back on her way to Stratford, according to court reports.
Attempts at a field sobriety test failed -- Perez-Boggia attempted to exit the car twice, only to fall back into her seat, before lifting herself up and stabilizing herself against the car, police said. Unable to stand unaided, the sobriety test was called off and an ambulance sent to the scene. Greenwich Emergency Medical Services personnel attempted to escort Perez-Boggia into the ambulance, but her flailing ultimately required her to be secured to a stretcher. Her blood was drawn and she was later released.
No injuries pertaining to the accidents were reported. After police obtained a warrant for Perez-Boggia's arrest, she turned herself in promptly thereafter, being held on $75,000 bail for a short period before appearing in court. Judge Bruce Hudock overturned her bail in favor of a written promise to appear on Oct. 30, on grounds that Perez-Boggia had no prior record and was not deemed a flight risk.
Greenwich police have arrested a Greenwich man and his son after they fought with each other in the Greenwich Avenue apartment they shared, police said. Selwyn Gonzalez and Selwyn Gonzalez Jr. both face charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. About 1 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, police responded to reports of a disturbance at 403 Greenwich Ave., police said. Investigating officers determined that father and son had been in a physical altercation; both displayed abrasions and bite marks on their bodies. Gonzalez's bail was set at $3,000, and his son's at $1,000. Neither could post bond, and were held by police for court appearance Wednesday morning.
Police are investigating the theft of several personal items and a wallet from a locker at The Edge Fitness Club on East Putnam Avenue late Friday afternoon, Oct. 4. According to police, the user of the locker secured it with a $10 lock, which was broken by the thief.
A Bronx woman who allegedly fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon, Oct. 4, is facing charges of evading responsibility. Around 1:30 p.m., police responding to reports of an accident along Sound Beach Avenue near downtown Old Greenwich found a vehicle had disappeared from the scene, police said. Eyewitnesses provided police with a description of the vehicle and a partial Connecticut registration. Police found it nearly two miles away at a home on Glen Avon Drive, and as well as its driver, Ruby Boodoo, who worked as a nanny at the residence, police said. Police reports described fresh damage on the car consistent with the accident. Boodoo was given a misdemeanor summons on charges of evading responsibility and unsafe start from a stopped position. She was scheduled to appear in state Superior court in Stamford.
A civilian helped nab a drunk driver Sunday evening, Oct. 6, police said. Around 6 p.m., the individual told police the operator of a gray Volvo may have been intoxicated and directed officers to Edgewood Avenue in central Greenwich, where the driver was attempting to turn around in a residential driveway, police said. While following the vehicle approximately three-quarters of a mile, the officers witnessed several traffic violations, according to police reports. The driver, identified as Theodore Strathdee, 53, of 74 Summit Drive, was pulled over, at which point officers noted the odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. Strathdee reportedly had difficulty speaking. He then failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. Strathdee posted the $250 bond and is expected to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Oct. 21.
Police arrested a 14-year-old Greenwich male after a failed burglary attempted in Byram on Friday evening, Oct. 4. About 6:30 p.m. Friday, police apprehended the juvenile, who was seen fleeing from an abandoned condominium at 845 South Water Street. Though he had not broken into the building, police found he was carrying burglary tools. He was charged with possession of burglar tools and second-degree criminal attempt. He was then was turned over to his father, police said.
On Sunday morning, Oct. 6, a local boater reported that several thousand dollars of fishing and boating gear had been stolen from a vessel moored near 29 River Road in Cos Cob. Rods, reels and electronic boat components were all taken.