On Saturday around 3:00am Greenwich Police on patrol in the area of Valley Drive spotted a vehicle stopped at a green light at the intersection of West Putnam Ave and Valley Drive and observed the driver begin to reverse and turn onto Valley Drive. Police then observed the vehicle run a stop sign at West Putnam Ave and Oak Street, almost causing a crash.
Nothing came up when police checked the status of the vehicle’s registration.
Officers attempted to stop the car after it crossed the double yellow line and eventually turned into the parking lot at 175 West Putnam Ave without signaling. When the police were able to stop the car, the driver, later identified as Carlos David Lopez-Monroy, 18, of Stamford, had glassy bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and was hesitant to answer questions.
Mr. Lopez-Monroy did not perform field sobriety tests to standard and police spotted alcohol in plain view in the back seat. The vehicle was unregistered, was missing a front plate and was uninsured. The registration on the vehicle did not belong on the vehicle.
Further, Lopez-Monroy did not have a valid driver’s license.
Lastly, the passenger in the car was 16, resulting in a risk of injury to a minor charge.
Mr. Lopez-Monroy was charged with Driving an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Improper Use of Plates, Failure to Display Plates, Illegal Operation without Minimum Insurance, DUI .02 BAC Under 21 Years (If you are under age 21 you are legally intoxicated at a . 02 BAC or higher), Failure to Drive in Proper Lane, Improper Turn, Failure to Obey Stop Sign, Driving without License and Risk of Injury to a Child.
Lopez-Monroy was able to post his 10% required minimum of his $1,000 bond and has a date in Stamford Superior Court on Dec 11, 2023.