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Danbury Police Charge Three With DUI

DANBURY, Conn. – Three men – two from Danbury and one from New Fairfield – were arrested Friday following separate incidents of driving under the influence, police said.

John Samaha, 25, of Candlewood Drive in New Fairfield, was arrested at about 1:12 a.m. after his car hit a fire hydrant on White Street near James Street and he tried to flee the scene, said Police Capt. Tom Wendel. No injuries were reported. Police spotted the car with extensive front-end damage nearby and arrested Samaha after he failed roadside sobriety tests, Wendel said.

Park Avenue resident Salvador Ordonez, 32, was spotted by police at about 1:30 a.m. after his van hit a tree on Williams Street. No injuries were reported. He failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken into custody, Wendel said.

Nabby Road resident David A. Murphy III, 41, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. after police spotted his car weaving while heading northbound on Federal Road. Wendel said Murphy failed roadside sobriety tests.

Samaha was charged with DUI, evading responsibility and failure to drive right; Ordonez was charged with DUI, failure to drive right and failure to carry insurance; and Murphy was charged with DUI, failure to carry insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. All charges are misdemeanors.

All three were released after posting bonds and are scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court next month.

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