Asleep at the Wheel = Drunk Driving Charge

Man charged in New Year's Eve incident in downtown Greenwich; 1 of 3 drivers charged by police.


A driver, who Greenwich Police say was found sleeping behind the wheel of his running car, was arrested early New Year's Eve on a driving while intoxicated charge.

According to a police report, Joseph M. Friedman, 52, of 15 Driftwood Ln., Norwalk, was arrested about 2:20 a.m. Dec. 31, after police said they found him inside the vehicle on East Elm Street at Greenwich Avenue. Friedman had red, glassy eyes and the odor of alcohol on his breath, and refused to take field sobriety tests, according to the report. He was held in lieu of $500 bond and scheduled to appear Jan. 6 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


NYC Woman Faces Charges Following Hit-and-Run Crash

A New York City woman has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident in the Liberty Way municipal parking lot on Dec. 28.

According to a Greenwich police report, a witness gave police a detailed description of the car involved in the crash about 2:20 p.m., Dec. 28. Police were able to contact the driver who returned to the scene.

Jane G. Rittmaster, 70, of 911 Park Ave., New York City, was charged with evading responsibility, unsafe movement and distracted driving behavior while committing a moving violation. She was released on a promise to appear Jan. 10 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


A Greenwich man was charged with driving while intoxicated by police who obtained an arrest warrant charging him in connection with a Bruce Park Avenue crash in November.

Sequoya Madden, 26, of 67 Indian Field Rd., Greenwich, also was charged with evading responsibility and restricted turns signal failure, for the Nov. 28 crash at 5 a.m. Madden posted a $500 bond and was scheduled to appear Jan. 11 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


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