A 54-year-old man who previously has been charged with his involvement in at least prior seven drunk-driving incidents smashed his car last weekend while reportedly driving drunk again — this time in Greenwich.
Facing his eighth charge of driving under the influence, the suspect went through great lengths to keep the matter from Greenwich police.
David Salyers, of 8 Senior Drive, was charged with DUI, driving under suspension and failure to maintain reasonable control, according to Officer Aaron Smith and his report.
Smith was on patrol when he heard the car wreck and was attempting to find it when he was dispatched to assist with an ambulance call, stated his report.
Unbeknownst to Smith at the time, the ambulance call was for the Salyers who claimed he had “fallen and hurt himself,” the report stated. Salyers suspected his ribs were broken.
“Salyers had an overwhelming odor of alcohol or an intoxicating liquor omitting from his breath. His speech was very slurred,” the officer wrote.
Salyers admitted to having three or four drinks. Toxicology from the medical center will show what Salyer’s blood-alcohol level actually was once the medical reports are completed, according to Chief Steve Dorsey.
Before leaving in the ambulance, Salyers asked his brother to go get his car which was found Pierce Street.
Once Smith found the white sedan, he returned to Salyers and asked if he had been driving it. Salyers admitted he had been and said he was alone in the car.
“I hit the ditch and hurt my ribs and went straight to my brother’s to use the telephone,” Salyers told the officer, according to the report.
“Tire marks, skid marks, bumper scuff marks and scuffs to a telephone pole show the vehicle was backing out of the driveway at 19 Pierce St., but drove north off of the driveway. The vehicle then hit an embankment before the road of approximately 2 feet high. The vehicle then bounced with momentum onto the roadway and back off the other side, turning and scuffing a telephone pole with the bumper and then came to a stop several feet past the telephone pole,” the report stated.
Clark Bros. Garage towed the vehicle from the scene.
Meanwhile, Salyers was admitted to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where Smith visited him after investigating the accident scene.
“I advised Salyers he was still under Miranda (rights). Salyers advised this was not his first rodeo,” the report stated.
Norwalk Municipal Court Judge Erie Weisenburger immediately revoked Salyers driving privileges for at least the remainder of the year and ordered him to appear for a pre-trial Oct. 2, according to court records.
Due to the time limitations on the new DUI laws that allow the courts to impose stricter felony charges for repeat drunk drivers, Salyers likely only will be charged with a misdemeanor because his prior charges didn’t fall within the current specified time constraints, Smith said.