Dad Charged With DUI While Picking Up Son Who Drove Scooter Illegally: DEEP

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    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.