DARIEN, Conn. – A Stamford man was charged with damaging a Darien business while driving under the influence and then lying to police about the incident early Sunday, according to police reports.
Officers found an empty and locked car that had crashed into a small tree near the intersection with Noroton Avenue at about 4 a.m. Sunday, police said. Accident investigators found that the car had driven over the curb, hit a lamppost and then knocked a trash bin into the window of a nearby business, according to the police report.
Officers on patrol saw Elder Arias, 27, and Edlin Hernandez, 18, both of Sylvandale Avenue, Stamford, walking on the Post Road near Thorndal Circle, police said. Arias told police that two black men had confronted them nearby and stolen their car, and Hernandez confirmed the statement, according to the police report.
Officers found the keys to the car in Arias’ pocket, however, and believe the story was untrue, police said. A license plate, which had been removed from the car, was also found nearby, according to the police report.
Arias told police that he had some beers earlier in the night and failed field sobriety tests at the scene, according to the arrest report. Both he and Hernandez were arrested at the scene.
Arias was charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility, driving without a license and without insurance, and interfering with police. His bond was initially set at $2,500, and then raised to $15,000 by the state’s attorney.
Hernandez was charged with interfering with police and assigned a bond of $1,000. He was later released on a promise to appear in court. Both are due in court on Sept. 18.