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Stamford Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Man, Swiping Glasses In Darien

A Stamford man was charged with DUI following a fight with another man.
A Stamford man was charged with DUI following a fight with another man. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File photo

DARIEN, Conn. -- A man who had come to the Darien train station to return a woman's license was confronted by the woman's ex-boyfriend, who punched him in the face and stole his glasses, according to police.

The incident took place just before 4 p.m. on Monday, June 12. The man told police that he had come to Darien to return the driver's license to the woman with whom he had spent the prior evening. While he was doing that, he was confronted by her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Craft of Stamford.

Police said that Craft struck the man in the head as the two were walking. The blow knocked the other man's glasses off, and Craft picked them up and drove away. When police located the woman and talked to her, she corroborated the victim's story, according to police.

About 10 minutes later, an officer was working traffic detail on Middlesex Road when he saw Craft's car and stopped it. Police said that Craft gave an alternative version of the confrontation, where he was defending himself from the other man, police said. He did admit to hitting the man during the scuffle, and to taking his glasses, according to police.

While the officers were speaking with Craft, they could smell alcohol coming from his breath, police said. He told them that he had drank at lunch, but did not specify how much, police said. He was also unsteady on his feet, according to police. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

At police headquarters, two breathalyzer tests registered his blood alcohol content at .1182 and .1083, according to police.

Craft was charged with driving under the influence, breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a $180 bail and given a court date of June 22.

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