DARIEN, Conn. — A Darien man wanted for failing to appear in court on Long Island on a grand larceny charge was arrested by Darien officers conducting a surveillance, police said.
Darien officers conducted surveillance Dec. 19 in the area near the residence of Dritan Hoti, 44, at 72 Old Kings Highway S., police said.
Police had three active PRAWN arrest warrants in addition to the extraditable felony arrest warrant for Hoti out of Suffolk County, N.Y.
At 9:40 a.m., Hoti and a second person left the house, got into a black Dodge Ran pickup and headed east on Old Kings Highway South, police said.
The license plate on the pickup belonged to a blue Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, police said.
The pickup was stopped near Corbin Drive and Old Kings Highway South, police said.
Hoti, a passenger in the pickup truck, asked to step out of the vehicle and was immediately detained on the outstanding arrest warrants, police said.
He was charged with fugitive from justice, three counts of second-degree failure to appear in court, failure to insure a motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate and an unregistered motor vehicle.
The three outstanding PRAWN warrants all stemmed from previous motor vehicle arrests — two in Darien and one in New Canaan. The fugitive from justice arrest warrant was from the Suffolk County Police Department.
Hoti was arraigned in Stamford court and held on $500,000 bond.
He told police that he had bought the truck and put on a license plate from another vehicle he owned. Hoti also said the pickup was not properly registered and he could not produce proof of insurance. The pickup truck was subsequently towed.
Police issued the driver a verbal warning for operating a motor vehicle without a license and released.
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