Police say an Oxford man, 39, was driving under the influence Wednesday evening after he had driven into Naugatuck State Forest to pick up his son and his friends, who were being detained for illegally riding gas powered scooters there.
Pawel Dutkiewicz, of Oxford, drove a large utility van into the forest in response to a call from his 15-year old son, who was detained there by EnCon Officers, along with three friends, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a release.
Environmental police officers determined that the four youths had used town roads to drive gas powered motor scooters into Naugatuck State Forest in violation of state law.
State law requires gas powered scooters being operated on main roads to be operated by someone 16 years and older with a valid class D driver’s license.
As the juveniles were not legally allowed to operate the scooters to ride home, the officers requested that they call their parents to pick them up and remove the scooters from state property.
When Dutkiewicz responded to the call, EnCon officers suspected that he had consumed alcoholic beverages, administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and placed him under arrest for driving while under the influence, the release states.
Dutkiewicz was transported to Troop I for booking where he underwent a breath test in which his blood alcohol content was found to be in excess of the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle, the release states.
Dutkiewicz was released on a $500 non - surety bond and he is scheduled to appear in Superior Court, Derby, on July 25.
EnCon officers had originally responded to the Oxford section of the Naugatuck State Forest due to a complaint of swimmers in the reservoir located there, which is prohibited. In responding to that call they encountered the four youths with the motor scooters near Reservoir #2. The officers then determined that one of the youths had been swimming in those waters and he was issued a warning for that violation.