STAMFORD — Police say the driver of a car who crashed into a utility pole on North Street tried to hide among a group of people who gathered to watch the aftermath of the early-morning accident.

Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said the two occupants of a 2007 Cadillac CTS were gone when officers arrived at the accident about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

However, Gallagher said officers spotted the 34-year-old driver standing across the street from the crash, trying to blend in with the crowd who gathered near the corner of Washington Court.

Gallagher said the man was taken to Stamford Hospital because he appeared to be incoherent and under the influence of drugs.

Robert and Susan King said the accident outside their home woke them up.

“The car clipped the bricks on the outside wall of my bedroom wall and that’s when I heard a big crash. I jumped out of my skin,” Robert King said. “While I’m getting dressed, two guys get out of the car slowly and started to walk away. One went that way and the other went the other way.”

A short time later, Gallagher said officers found the other occupant of the vehicle walking near Summer and Third streets. Gallagher said the man told officers the driver was giving him a ride when he crashed into the pole.

Gallagher said the investigation remains ongoing.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com