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Car Accident Leads Darien Police To Underage Party

Ovidio Bennett-Lagos was arrested after a party at his house on Sunday morning.
Ovidio Bennett-Lagos was arrested after a party at his house on Sunday morning. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. -- Two people were arrested after a car accident led police to a party in Darien early Sunday morning, according to police reports.

Ovidio Bennett-Lagos, 23, of Darien was charged with assault on an officer, interfering with an officer and providing alcohol to minors. He was released on a promise to appear in court. Michael Dinnan, 19, of Stamford was charged with evading responsibility and making an improper turn. He was released on a $2,500 bond.

Police were called to Stony Brook Road at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday on reports of a car accident. A car had been going through a left-hand curve in the road when the driver lost control and it went off the road into a ditch, according to police reports. The car sustained heavy damage and caused damage to a water line connected to a home, but nobody was injured in the accident.

When police arrived on the scene, they found two passengers standing next to the car, but the driver, later identified as Dinnan, had fled, police said. The passengers told police that they had come from a party on Mansfield Avenue.

Police were able to call Dinnan and convince him to come back to the scene of the accident. He told the officers that he had been driving on the road and didn't realize the curve was so sharp and lost control. He was placed under arrest.

Officers went to the party and spoke with the resident, Bennett-Lagos, on the front lawn. Bennett-Lagos told the officers to leave and that they could not enter the house without a warrant, police said. The officers told him that they had received reports of underage drinking, and needed to check on the safety and well-being of any underage attendants. He continued to tell them that they could not enter and needed a warrant, police said. The officers went to the door and saw several people inside watching them, and when nobody would open the door the officers kicked it in and entered.

When the officers kicked in the door, Bennett-Lagos ran to stop them from entering, according to police reports. Police said he tried to fight the officers, and had to be restrained and handcuffed. Two officers received scrapes on their hands and arms, and Bennett-Lagos received lacerations on his wrists. He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where police said he was uncooperative.

Inside police found several people under the age of 21, according to police reports. The power had been turned off for an unknown reason, and Bennett-Lagos's grandmother who is in a wheel chair was upstairs. An 18 year-old girl from Stamford was hiding in the garage, and was found when police went to restore the power.

While officers were at the scene of a party, a man arrived and said he had just dropped someone off at Stamford Hospital following a fight at the party. He told police that the man's hand had gone through a window during the fight. Police spoke to the man in the hospital, who said that he had been trying to break up the fight and had accidentally put his fist through the window. The hand required several stitches, police said.

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