Earlier this month, we learned the extraordinary story of private equity guy Russell Stildolph and his flying Porsche, pictured at left. AltEnergy founder Stildoph's 911 Carrera was airborne for 45 feet, possibly reaching a height of 35 feet, beore it struck the roof overhang and center support beam of an unsuspecting woman Norwalk woman's home, before the car “fell backward and landed on its roof, facing away from the house.” Russell, whose blood alochol level was over .20 (the legal limit is under .08), said he didn't recall anything from the evening except for the fact that he was only going 35 MPH. Today he was arraigned on charges of drunk driving, traveling “unreasonably fast,” failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to wear a seat belt, at which time his lawyer made several requests.
Stidolph, 35, of 19 Bluff Ave., appeared in state Superior Court in Norwalk with his lawyer, Eugene J. Riccio, who submitted paperwork requesting Stidolph be able to attend state supervised classes on the hazards of consuming alcohol and driving, and possibly receive treatment for alcohol addiction.
At the same time, Riccio applied for Stidolph be considered for accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that allows persons who have no criminal convictions and who are not accused of a serious felony to have charges against them dismissed if they successfully complete a program assigned to them by the state. Stidolph will return to court on Feb. 23 to learn if he’s been found qualified for the alcohol education program and accelerated rehabilitation.