Police will place bonds on DUI drivers

Wilton police will now place bonds on people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

At the last police staff meeting, it was decided DUI drivers will no longer be released on promises to appear in court.

“A state statute used to stipulate that you had to put a bond on [a person accused of DUI],” Wilton police Lt. Stephen Brennan told The Bulletin. “You had to put a bond on a DUI, of $50 or greater.”

“We had an agreement with the court,” Brennan continued. The Wilton Police Department was able to act in breach of statute because of good standing.

“We did ‘promises to appear’ a lot with the court,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that we still won’t continue that, if we can show that the person definitely would be able to appear in court, but to reduce failures to appear and things like that, we’re placing bonds on DUIs.”

Asked if many of the department’s arrestees fail to appear in court, Brennan said, “It depends on what the violation is. We do have a lot of motor vehicle ‘failures to appear.’”

“It’s no longer stipulated in the state statute, but the majority of the towns around us also do it and have been doing it,” Brennan said. “We’re just following suit in making sure that these people understand that DUI is an offense that you must appear in court [to answer to].”