An Oxford man is facing charges after reportedly driving drunk to pick up his 15-year-old son at Naugatuck State Forest, where the son has been illegally riding a motor scooter with three friends and was detained by police, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.
According to the DEEP, the teens rode gas-powered motor scooters through town roads and into the forest Wednesday evening, violating a law that requires motor scooter drivers to be properly licensed and over the age of 16.
Officers had initially responded to the scene after receiving a report of swimmers in the reservoir, the DEEP said. One of the teens riding scooters had reportedly been swimming and was issued a warning.
DEEP Environmental Conservation police detained the teens in the forest and 39-year-old Pawel Dutkiewicz, of Oxford, was called to retrieve his son. The DEEP said officers suspected Dutkiewicz of driving drunk and perform a field sobriety test, which Dutkiewicz failed.
He was arrested after also failing a Breathalyzer test and was charged with driving under the influence, according to the DEEP.
Dutkiewicz was released on $500 bond and is due in court July 25.