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Man charged with evading scene of accident, DUI

Published 5:00 pm, Monday, January 27, 2014
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Jeffrey Zarrilli, 32, of 265 Middlesex Road, Darien, was arrested Jan. 26 on charges of evading a motor vehicle accident, driving under the influence and failure to signal or stop.

Darien police responded to the scene of an unoccupied 1998 Nissan Altima that had been driven off Hollow Tree Ridge Road and into a tree just before 6 p.m., according to the report. The car sustained heavy front end damage, police said. Police reported that both of the air bags deployed and there was a spider-web cracking on the windshield, possibly indicating a head injury. There was no blood in or around the vehicle, police reported. Police said the deployment of the airbag could have caused the spider cracking on the windshield.

The registration revealed the owner to be Zarrilli, police said.

Police went to his home and spoke with Zarrilli, who said he was in the accident and left the scene because he was scared, according to the report. He told police that he was the lone occupant.

Police said he appeared disheveled, was slurring his speech, was uneasy on his feet and smelled of alcohol.

When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Zarrilli responded with "I'm not going to answer that," according to the report.

He refused medical attention and said he sustained no injuries in the accident, according to the report. He refused to tell police how he got home.

He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed, and refused to take a Breathalyzer test while being processed at police headquarters, according to the report.

He was released on $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5.