DARIEN — Police arrested a 26-year-old Stamford man on several narcotics-related charges after he allegedly drove through a stop signal with alcohol and cocaine in the front seat.

On Dec. 9 around 1 a.m., a patrol officer saw a gray 2016 Volkswagen Jetta speed through a flashing red light on the Post Road. The officer pulled over the car near the intersection of Hecker Avenue where he identified the driver as Nicholas Panagiotopoulos, of Glenbrook Road.

Panagiotopoulos told the officer he was coming from a restaurant in Norwalk. The Stamford man had glassy and bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol was coming from his car. He told the officer he’d been drinking and admitted the cup in his center console contained alcohol, police said.

When asked to step out of the car for a field sobriety test, Panagiotopoulos told police he also had cocaine on the floor of the front passenger side of the car. Police searched the car and found about 0.3 grams of cocaine where Panagiotopoulos said it would be.

Panagiotopoulos failed his field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence and illegal possession of narcotics. While at police headquarters, he agreed to a urine test. He posted a $50 bond and was released around 3:30 p.m. with a court date of Dec. 19.

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