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Monday, July 24, 2017

Police: Woman’s Arrest Follows Accident, DUI and Fake License

Officers arrested a Norwalk woman for driving under the influence and having a fake driver’s license after she was involved in a three-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital, police said today.

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Julia Patnaude: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo
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The accident scene on April 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarrett Liotta for WestportNow.com

Julia Patnaude, 20, was charged with DUI, traveling unreasonably fast, failure to obey a control signal and second-degree forgery upon her arrest Tuesday, July 18.

The charges date back to an incident that took place on April 28 when officers responded to a three-car accident that took place at the intersection of Post Road East and Morningside Drive.

“There was severe damage to all involved vehicles, and four people were transported to the hospital,” Lt. David Farrell said.

“While interviewing the operator, Julia Patnaude, of the at fault vehicle, the officer noted that Ms. Patnaude was incoherent in her answers, that her speech was slurred, and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. “

He said the officer also smelled the strong odor of marijuana smoke and saw an empty flask was found in plain view.

“Further, when the officer went into Ms. Patnaude’s wallet to retrieve her operator’s license, he also located a fake driver’s license with a different name, and date of birth,” Farrell said. “The date of birth on the fake license showed that its holder was 22 years old.”

A search warrant was issued for any blood or urine samples taken when Ms. Patnaude was being treated at Norwalk Hospital because of the accident, Farrell said. Results showed her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for an operator who is under 21
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Based upon the findings of the investigation, an arrest warrant was completed, Farrell said.

Released on a $5,000 bond, Patnaude is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, July 31.

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