Darien man facing multiple drug charges
Published 11:16 am, Thursday, July 3, 2014
A Darien man is facing a slew of charges after police said they found illegal prescription drugs in his vehicle following two car accidents.
John Tyler Keegan, 22, of 2 Berry Lane, was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegal possession of prescription narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.
Police said they found a numerous drugs -- including 40 Xanax and clonazepam, or Klonopin, pills -- in his car following a May car accident.
On May 17, Keegan was involved in a minor car accident on the Post Road near Weed's Landing, but Keegan continued driving and left the scene, according to police.
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An officer who had a description of Keegan's car said he saw him driving on the Post Road and attempted to pull him over. However, when the officer turned on his lights and sirens, Keegan sped up and turned onto a side street, according to police.
When the officer turned onto the side street to follow Keegan, he said he saw that Keegan had crossed over into oncoming traffic on Goodwives River Road and hit a fence and tree.
Keegan was arrested on charges of evading responsibility, disobeying the signal of an officer, traveling unreasonably fast and improper turn. He later told police "I hate cops" and said he was trying to get away from the officer when he crashed his car. He has yet to enter a plea for the motor vehicle charges.
While officers were taking an inventory of Keegan's car, they found narcotics and indicators that Keegan was selling the drugs, police said. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was granted. Police found small quantities of marijuana and hash oil, well as tools to manufacture, smoke and vaporize the drugs, police said.
The Xanax and clonazepam pills were found in a false iPod that is designed to hide drugs, police said.
Keegan turned himself in when he learned of the active arrest warrant against him, police said.
He posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 14.