Dog Trainer Gets DUI After Accident; Had 3 dogs in car: Fairfield PD

FAIRFIELD, CT – An area dog trainer was charged this week after he struck a vehicle while driving under the influence of three dogs in tow, police say.

The incident happened at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at exit 24 of Interstate 95 in Fairfield, police said. Lucy Tsaparis-Skjelmose, an Orange resident with a business in Greenwich, was traveling south when she hit a vehicle stopped at the base of the ramp, police say. Tsaparis-Skjelmose left the scene, but an officer who witnessed the incident arrested her, police said.

Tsaparis-Skjelmose, 61, was arrested after police noticed she smelled of alcohol and had difficulty speaking, authorities said, noting that she had performed poorly on sobriety tests on field.

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Tsaparis-Skjelmose had three dogs in his vehicle at the time of the crash, two of which were not his, police said.

“Fairfield Animal Control responded to the scene and transported … the dogs to the animal shelter for safekeeping,” police said. “The dogs did not appear (to be) in distress from the accident. The dogs were released later that evening to their owners.”

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According to LinkedIn, LexisNexis and Connecticut Judiciary Branch records, Tsaparis-Skjelmose is also known as Loukia Tsapari and Loukia Tsapari-Skjelmose. She is identified on LinkedIn as the owner of Wholistic Pet Services, a dog training and boarding business in Greenwich.

Tsaparis-Skjelmose was charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility and following too closely resulting in an accident, Fairfield police said. She received a misdemeanor subpoena and was handed over to authorities in Greenwich for an ongoing warrant, according to law enforcement.

According to Greenwich Police Captain Mark Zuccerella, Tsaparis-Skjelmose’s warrant was for charges of driving under the influence and other vehicle offenses stemming from an incident in September.

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