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Cops: Darien Mom Drove Drunk With Her Kids in SUV

The woman's blood-alcohol content, as reported by Norwalk police was close to three times the legal limit in Connecticut.

Cops: Darien Mom Drove Drunk With Her Kids in SUV Cops: Darien Mom Drove Drunk With Her Kids in SUV

A Darien woman was charged with drunken driving Tuesday evening after her daughter called a friend to say she was in her mother’s SUV in Norwalk and her mother was intoxicated, police said.

After receiving the 15-year-old’s call and learning the location of the vehicle, the female friend called Norwalk Police at 7:53 p.m.

Officers located the tan Lexus 350 in a parking lot off Grandview Avenue near Jefferson Science Magnet Elementary School.

They reported the 15-year-old was in the front passenger seat and her 11-year-old sister in the back seat, and both were upset.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto said officers reported the woman, later identified as Kathryn A. Sullivan, had the smell of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were glassy.

Cotto said Sullivan initially told the officers she had two drinks, but later said she might have had four drinks.

Sullivan failed a three-part field sobriety test, Cotto said, and was transported to Police Headquarters. There, Sullivan’s blood alcohol content was tested twice, with the first test resulting in a measurement of 0.237 percent and the second 0.226 percent.

A driver with a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08 percent is considered under the influence of alcohol.

The woman who Sullivan’s daughter called earlier came to headquarters to pick up her and her sister.

Sullivan, 44, of Holmes Court, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, and driving an uninsured vehicle.

She was held on $1,500 bond and given a court date of March 7.

Editor's notes: This article originally was published by Norwalk Patch. This article was updated at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday to add the time of the call to police: 7:53 p.m. On Darien Patch, this article originally was published Wednesday. The timestamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

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