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Greenwich Police Arrest 2 During Holiday Drunk Driving Enforcement

Greenwich Police report there were 16 accidents in town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.


Greenwich Police continued their holiday drunk driving enforcement efforts over the Fourth of July weekend — an effort that resulted in two drivers under arrest.

From Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, police made a total 74 motor vehicle stops. There were 16 accidents reported during that time, including one that resulted in injuries. 

The first arrest occurred at 1:05 a.m. July 3 after Greenwich Police spotted a driver swerving and cross the double yellow traffic lines on Delavan Avenue, according to a police report. Officers reported the driver had red, glass eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverages.

The driver, identified as Vanya F. DeSantis, 55, of 65 So. Regent St., Port Chester, reportedly failed field sobriety tests. According to the police report, DeSantis also was unable to provide a valid insurance card and a Department of Motor Vechile inquiry indicated her New York State-issued driver's license was suspended.

DeSantis was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to carry an insurance card, failure to drive right and operating without a license. She was released after posting $250 bond and is scheduled to appear July 17 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

On Saturday, July 5 just before 11 p.m., police saw a driver straddling the white line separating lanes of travel eastbound on West Putnam Avenue. When police stopped the driver, identified as Larry K. Williams, 66, of 110 Maple Tree Ave., Stamford, they found he had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol, according to a Greenwich Police report.

Williams reportedly failed field sobriety tests before police charged him with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right. Williams was released after posting $250 bond. He is scheduled to appear July 14 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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