After Passing Out at Taco Bell Drive-Through, Cos Cob Man Charged with DUI

A Greenwich Police Officer was alerted by the manager of Taco Bell  at 1373 East Putnam Ave of a unresponsive man seated in his car at the window of the drive through. During the incident, which occurred on Sept. 7 at 12:35am, the manager told police the man was unable to place an order as he was passed out and had been for approximately three minutes. Also, the manager told police the man “smelled like he was drinking.”

According to Greenwich Police, the officer observed a Honda CRV accelerate out of the drive-through and turn right onto East Putnam Ave as he was speaking to the manager.

The manager alerted the officer that the Honda was the vehicle in question. At the time of the reported incident, the Honda was the only vehicle on the grounds of the fast-food restaurant.

A motor vehicle stop was initiated in the area of #1333 East Putnam Avenue. Officers determined that the operator had glassy, red eyes; slurred, deliberate speech; and he had the distinct odor associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The operator, identified as Anthony O. Pompa, 45, of 6 Windsor Ln in Cos Cob was asked to complete a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which he did not perform to standard.

Pompa was placed under arrest and charged with Operating Under the Influence. He was assigned a court date of Sept. 21 at Stamford Superior Court. Pompa  was able to post a $250 cash bond and was released from custody.