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Man facing multiple charges in accident

Published 11:21 am, Saturday, June 21, 2014
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David Howard, 35, 55 Powell Place, Bridgeport, was arrested June 11 on a warrant on charges of driving under the influence, possession of narcotics, failure to obey traffic signals and failure to signal in connection with a three-car accident April 18.

The accident occurred around 2:15 p.m. when Howard drove off the Interstate 95 exit 11 ramp, did not stop for the traffic light and crashed into a grey Mercury sedan, Darien police said. A black Honda coupe subsequently rear-ended the Mercury, the report stated.

Howard's black Acura sedan wound up on an embankment on Ledge Road and was wedged between a pole and a fence, according to police. Darien firefighters extricated Howard from the vehicle. The other drivers -- an 83-year-old Darien male and a 23-year-old Norwalk female -- were treated on scene for minor injuries, according to the report.

Police on scene reported that Howard appeared to be under the influence of a "chemical," according to the report. His pupils were constricted and he was foaming at the mouth, police said.

While searching for identification, police found $1,000 in $20 bills in Howard's front left pants pocket, the report stated, a small bag containing a white powder, as well as an empty back with a similar residue. The powder was determined to be cocaine, police said.

Howard was transported to Stamford Hospital for a head injury. Police applied for and were granted a search warrant for Howard's blood, which contained cocaine, according to the report.

Howard was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 23.

Howard has a criminal history for sale and possession of narcotics, police said.