Two Stamford men flee accident scene
Published 11:54 am, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Two Stamford men are facing myriad charges after a car accident on Sept. 8 in Darien.
Elder Arias, 27, of 13 1/2 Sylvandale Road, Stamford, was arrested on charged of driving while intoxicated, evading responsibility, driving without a license, failing to insure the vehicle and interfering with an officer. Edlin Hernandez, 18, of 13 1/2 Sylvandale Road, Stamford, was arrested on charges of interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.
Just after 4 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the Post Road and Noroton Avenue. When police arrived, they found a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder, locked and unoccupied, had crashed into a tree. It appeared that the car had hit the curb, then a light post and then a garbage can -- which went flying into a window of a shop on the Post Road -- before finally hitting a small tree, according to the incident report.
The officer found the front passenger window open and Arias' and Hernadez's passports in the glove compartment, said police
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Darien police requested canine support from Stamford to find the two men, but it was called off when an officer found them walking in the area of Thorndale Circle. The license plates to the crashed vehicle were also located in the area of Thorndale Circle, said police.
A Spanish-speaking officer assisted in questioning Arias and Hernandez. Arias told police that they got off I-95 at exit 11 and were confronted by two black men who told them to get out of the car, according to the report. He continued and told police he was about to call for a taxi, said police. However, officers found the keys to the car in Arias' pocket and the spare key in his wallet.
Arias told police that he had a few beers earlier in the night, and subsequently failed a field sobriety test, according to the report.
Hernandez told police he was sleeping and could not be sure if he was pushed out of the car or not, according to the report, and that he was not sure about the accident or why the license plate was off the car.
Hernandez was released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 18. Arias' was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, and also is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18.