Woman Suspected of Driving Under Influence of Vanilla Extract: Police

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A New Canaan, Connecticut, woman is accused of driving under the influence of vanilla extract, which contains a significant amount of alcohol.

Police said they responded to Grove and Pine streets at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to check on reports that a vehicle was stopped in the intersection and the driver had her eyes closed.

They identified the driver as 50-year-old Stefanie Warner-Gris and said her breath smelled of vanilla and there were several empty vanilla extract bottles in the car.

Warner-Gris could not answer basic questions and failed a field sobriety test, according to police.

She was taken into custody and refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, according to the New Canaan Police log.

Warner-Gris was charged with operating under the influence. It’s not clear if she has an attorney.

Online court records say she was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on Feb. 22.

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