A Meriden man who insisted he was the designated driver for his passengers was stopped in Middletown for driving dangerously — and earned himself a DUI charge in the process, according to police.
On Aug. 24 at 10:56 p.m., while driving a Hyundai Sonata, Michael Greco, 29, of Broad Street, Meriden, took a left turn off Washington Street at a high rate of speed, according to the report.
He kept looking at his registration and insurance paperwork close to his face, police say, with difficulty concentrating, while smelling of alcohol. Greco told officers he was the designated driver and hadn't consumed alcohol and passengers said he had only drank one so Greco amended his statement to say he had one or two alcoholic drinks from 5 p.m. to 9:30 or 10 p.m.
The report says he failed a sobriety test and his blood alcohol levels registered .1270 and .1239.
He was charged with reckless driving and driving while under the influence.