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Police: Drunken Driver Leads Darien Cops On High-Speed Chase

Martin Marcias, 27, of Norwalk was arrested by Darien police Saturday on drunken-driving and other charges after leading an officer on a high-speed chase, police said.
Martin Marcias, 27, of Norwalk was arrested by Darien police Saturday on drunken-driving and other charges after leading an officer on a high-speed chase, police said. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. – A 27-year-old Norwalk man led Darien officers on a high-speed chase after the man struck a car and sped off West Avenue on Saturday, according to the police.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when the man, later identified as Martin Marcias, of Hemlock Street, was seen speeding east on West Avenue.

Marcias was driving his 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck when he hit a 2007 Jeep that was turning onto Noroton Avenue from West Avenue. No one was injured in the accident, which was witnessed by a police officer.

Instead of stopping, Marcias sped off, according to police, with the officer in pursuit.

He continued east on West Avenue and then “abruptly” turned onto Herman Avenue “in an obvious attempt to elude the officer,” Capt. Fred Komm said in a statement. Marcias eventually stopped at a residential construction site on Herman Avenue, police said.

“As far as how long the officer followed the guy, I would estimate half a mile,” said Komm, adding that he did not know of any other vehicles or pedestrians who were in danger during the chase. Police did not disclose how fast Marcias was driving.

Once out of the truck, Marcias failed roadside sobriety tests, police said, and he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, evading responsibility, operating a vehicle without a license and speeding.

He was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on May 17.

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