A Meriden man who told police he was the designated driver was charged with drunken driving in Middletown on Saturday night after police stopped him for speeding on a street filled with people.
Police said Michael Greco, 29, was going so fast at the busy intersection of Main and Washington streets just before 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 that his tires squealed.
The officer who stopped the car said Greco’s eyes were bloodshot and he was unable to focus and figure out the difference between his insurance and registration.
Greco first told police the he was the designated driver and did not drink, according to police.
After witnesses told police they saw Greco drink, he admitted to having one or two drinks and later told police that he drank 12 ounces of vodka between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the arraignment report.
A breath test revealed that Greco’s blood alcohol content was first .1270, then .1239.
Greco was charged with operating under the influence and reckless driving.
He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is due in court on Sept. 5.