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Redding Police Arrest Driver Allegedly on Drugs

Redding Police news, Nov. 7 through Nov. 11.

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:23 a.m. Redding Police received a report of a driver operating erratically on Black Rock Turnpike.

Officers pulled over Andrew Grathwohl, 27, of Danbury near the area of Putnam Park. Police said Grathwohl was slurring his words. He subsequently failed field sobriety tests.

Officers “believed he was under the influence of something other than alcohol,” Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said.

Grathwohl was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. He was held on $50 bond and given a Nov. 21 court date.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:54 p.m., the Redding Police Department was notified by Stamford Police that Thomas Diaz, 34, of Stamford was in custody. According to police, there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Police said Diaz got charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Route 7 in Redding in July 2011. He was released that time on $100 bond, but failed to appear in court.

Diaz was charged with failure to appear and was given a court date later this month.

At 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, Redding Police stopped a motor vehicle on Umpawaug Road for speeding after officers clocked it traveling “nearly twice the speed limit,” Fuchs said.

Officers detected the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath. He subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

Chase Rowley, 29, of Redding was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

He was released on a $40 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21.

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