Fairfield man charged with DUI after near-miss with police car

Cops say driver ran red light, forced officer to avoid collision

A Fairfield man who nearly collided with a marked Fairfield police car after allegedly running a red light faces charges including driving while under the influence.

Kevin Lyhne, 49, of Old Stratfield Road, was charged with DUI, failure to obey a traffic signal, reckless operation, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating without insurance on Sunday, July 28, around 7:40 p.m.

Police said a GMC van driven by Lyhne did not stop for a red light at Old Stratfield Road and Tunxis Hill Cutoff. Because the van did not stop, police said, an officer driving in a cruiser had to avoid a collision before stopping Lyhne’s van near Ridgely Avenue.

Officers said Lyhne displayed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. They also said Lyhne apologized.

Records at the Department of Motor Vehicles indicated that the registration on Lyhne’s van expired in May 2012, the insurance in October of 2012.

Bond was $100 for court Aug. 6.

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