Man jailed after being found drunk in court

Cary Ashby • Nov 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

A New London man was jailed after police determined he came to court drunk for an initial appearance this week.

Richard D. Hunter, 37, of 33 Park Ave., arrived at Norwalk Municipal Court for an initial appearance about 6 p.m. Monday. He was charged with dog at large in connection with an Oct. 13 incident.

"While Judge (John) Ridge was speaking with Mr. Hunter, he suspected Mr. Hunter was under the influence of an intoxicating beverage. Judge Ridge ordered Mr. Hunter to submit to a breath sample on the BAC Datamaster due to the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on him," Norwalk Police Officer Dave Daniels said in his report.

"I was able to smell a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on Mr. Hunter's breath as he spoke with me," Daniels reported.

Hunter's blood-alcohol content (BAC) tested at .081 grams of alcohol per 210, the officer reported.

"Mr. Hunter claimed he consumed two 'shots' cough medicine," Daniels reported.

After reviewing the BAC test results, Ridge found Hunter in direct contempt of court and sentenced him to seven days in the Huron County Jail to be served immediately.

The dog-at-large case was rescheduled for Monday morning.

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