High beams blind officer, stop leads to DUI arrest

At 2:19 a.m. on June 28, a police officer traveling northbound on Route 7 near School Street noticed that a southbound driver failed to dim his high beams for the oncoming cruiser.
The officer stopped the car, a 2012 Subaru Impreza, at Georgetown Shell Station, where the driver was found outside of the car, and was observed to have glassy eyes.
The officer told the driver to get back inside the vehicle for safety purposes.
A short time later, the driver, Ryan Kohler, 31, of 16 Massachusetts Avenue, Fairfield, was then found asleep in his car along with the passenger, his girlfriend, also sleeping, according to police.
The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and subjected Kohler to a field sobriety test, which he did not perform adequately.
The officer found a small glass smoking pipe in the vehicle.
Kohler was charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to dim high beams.
He was processed and released on a promise to appear in court on July 8.
The Wilton Police Department is headquartered in the town hall complex at 240 Danbury Road. Twenty-seven officers, three detectives, six supervisors, two lieutenants and one captain work under Interim Chief Robert Crosby.
The phone number for routine matters, including requesting a police report, is 203-834-6260.