Man Asked Others to Breathe Into Ignition Interlock Device to Start His Vehicle: Police

Kenneth Palifka, 67, was arrested at the Clinton Town Marina on Monday

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    Kenneth Palifka, 67, is accused of asking people at the Clinton Town Marina to breathe into the ignition interlock device in his vehicle to allow it to start.

    A Westbrook man was arrested Monday after police said he asked several people to breathe into a device that would allow his vehicle to start.

    Kenneth Palifka, 67, and a friend were at the Clinton Town Marina, trying to pull Palifka's boat out of the water by hand, witnesses told police. He asked several people at the marina to provide an alcohol-free breath sample for his Ignition Interlock Device, police said. The device had been placed in his vehicle by court order after numerous prior DUI arrests, according to police.

    When officers arrived, they determined Palifka and his friend had returned from boating on Long Island Sound and had been drinking throughout the day. The pair couldn't start Palifka's truck to put the boat on a trailer and pull it from the water, police said.

    Palifka was charged with avoidance of an ignition interlock device. He was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 1.

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