Woman Arrested for DUI in Wilton Twice in Same Day

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Wilton Police

Wilton police said a woman was arrested twice in the same day after allegedly driving under the influence on Saturday afternoon and then again on Saturday night.

Officers received a call from a citizen around 2:30 p.m. who said a woman, later identified as 64-year-old Ellen Needleman-O'Neill, of Wilton, was driving and hit a parked vehicle in the parking lot of 5 River Road.

The complainant told police that he believed Needleman-O'Neill was intoxicated, authorities said.

Police detected an odor of alcohol coming from Needleman-O'Neil and conducted field sobriety tests, which officers said she failed.

She was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

When she was taken to headquarters, police said her blood alcohol content was a .2261. Officers also said they found Tylenol/codeine pills in her purse.

Needleman-O'Neill was later charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and possession of a controlled substance, police added.

She was released on a written promise to appear and was given a court date of September 17.

Hours later, a complainant identified Needleman-O'Neill as the subject of an earlier DUI arrest as she walked into a liquor store to buy alcohol, police said.

After she left the store, she drove away in her vehicle, which was found a short time later on Old Farms Road as Needleman-O'Neill was heading back home around 8:20 p.m., according to police.

Her vehicle was stopped and she was found to still be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, officers added.

Police said they later learned that Needleman-O'Neill was not in possession of a valid driver's license, her vehicle was unregistered and her right to drive had been revoked earlier in the day due to her previous DUI arrest.

At headquarters, Needleman-O'Neill agreed to take a breath test and police said her results were .0928.

For the second incident, she was charged with DUI, operating a motor vehicle while right to drive is revoked, unregistered motor vehicle and driving without a license, officers said.

She was released after posting her $230 bond and was given a second court date of September 17.

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