Alleged drunk driver veers around railroad gates

Troopers say the man they watched drive around a railroad crossing with flashing gates was intoxicated.

On Colby Road in Pembroke on Sunday, State Police say they saw Scott Merrill of Darien Center stop at the down gates then veer around them across the railroad tracks, narrowly avoiding being hit by an Amtrak train.

Troopers stopped the 45-year-old and say they found he was intoxicated. Merrill was arrested for DWI. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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