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Driver Accused Of Giving Fake Name To Darien Police

Robert Connolly of Greenwich was charged with giving a false name to Darien police last week.
Robert Connolly of Greenwich was charged with giving a false name to Darien police last week. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. -- A Greenwich man was arrested in Darien after police accused him of giving a false name during a traffic stop.

Robert Connolly, 45, was charged with criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer and operating with a suspended license. He posted a $5,000 bond and will appear in court July 1.

An officer monitoring traffic on Stephen Mather Road spotted Connolly driving a car registered to a Maplewood Drive address in Darien. The officer recognized Connolly and pulled him over, knowing that his license was suspended, according to police reports. Connolly told the officer that he did not have his ID on him, but that his name was "Thomas Connolly." The officer reported that he knew Connolly was lying, and that he also detected an odor of alcohol.

Connolly was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he passed. The officer arrested Connolly, knowing that he was Robert, not Thomas, according to police reports. The owner of the car was contacted, and when she arrived she told police that the man's name was Thomas. She then took the car home while Connolly was taken into custody.

While being processed, Connolly told officers that he had used a fake name, according to police reports. He said he had not given his real name because he was unsure if his license was valid, according to police.

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