WESTERLY — A Connecticut man is facing DUI charges after the police said he ran a red light, rear-ended a car near the intersection of Route 1 and Dunn's Corners Road, and drove away.
Westerly police charged the man, Edward C. Stempel, 63, of Goshen, with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content between .08 and .10 and failure to stop at a crash causing damage to property. He was also cited with failure to stop at a stop light.
The police said that the driver of the car that was rear-ended, a 2010 Toyota Corolla, reported the crash at about 8:45 p.m. Monday and identified the other vehicle as a Toyota 4Runner. It continued north along Dunn's Corners Road after the collision. The caller, 18, was not injured, the police said, and the Corolla, which had damage to the rear bumper and taillight, was driven from the scene.
Officers stopped Stempel on Route 91 in the area of the Newton swamp. The police said he initially denied hitting the other car, but then said it was only a minor collision and that the other driver had cut him off. He said he drove off "because it was their fault anyway," the police reported.
The police said an investigation found that the Corolla was turning at a dedicated left-turn light from Route 1 North and that Stempel had run the light before hitting the other vehicle.
The police said Stempel failed a field sobriety test. He was given a breathalyzer test at the scene, which returned a blood alcohol content reading of .097. At the police department, he consented to further testing that returned readings of .098 and .095.