Dad Accused of Drunken Driving With Daughter in Car on Halloween

A Stratford dad is accused of driving drunk on Halloween while bringing his daughter trick-or-treating and hitting a car carrying other children who were out trick-or-treating, police said.

Police responded to a crash Wednesday night at Nichols and North avenues and said 47-year-old Michael Barrett, of Stratford, was driving his 12-year-old daughter, who was in a Halloween costume, around the neighborhood so she could go trick or treating when he hit a car driven by a woman who was taking her children trick or treating, police said.

Barrett smelled of alcohol, admitted he had six drinks and also failed a field sobriety test, according to a news release from police.

They said he had a blood alcohol content of .191 which is more than twice the legal limit.

Police said Monday that Barrett is a school security officer at Booth Hill School in the Trumbull school system.

Barrett’s daughter was turned over to a relative.

He was charged with risk of injury to a child, operating under the influence and failure to drive right and held in lieu of $20,000 bond.

He is due in court on Nov. 13.

Editor's Note: Police previously said Michael Barrett was a school security officer at Booth Hill School in Shelton and in the Trumbull school system, but Shelton school officials said Barrett never worked in the Shelton school system. 

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