WALLINGFORD — A Madison teen faces a DUI charge after police said she drove down a long private driveway and almost ended up in an in-ground swimming pool.
Elizabeth Wilson, 18, of 119 Island Ave., Madison, was charged Friday with driving under the influence under 21 years old.
On Friday around 12:05 a.m., a North Branford Road resident reported finding Wilson inside a vehicle that had driven down his private driveway and into his backyard, according to police reports. The homeowner believed Wilson was intoxicated and took the keys out of her car so she could not drive off.
Officers investigated and found Wilson was driving on North Branford Road, near Whirlwind Hill Road, when she drove about 200 yards down the driveway, went down a steep embankment and cement stairs, and almost ended up in the in-ground pool, the report said.
Police reported Wilson had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and failed field sobriety tests. Wilson submitted to a breath test, “which revealed an extremely high blood alcohol content,” the report said.
Lt. Cheryl Bradley said the exact test result data was not available on Monday. According to state law, an operator that is 18 years old is considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher, the report said.