Man arrested for driving under influence after jumping Darien High curb, fighting police at dismissal time

A Stamford man was arrested after jumping the curb in the Darien High School traffic loop during dismissal time allegedly under the influence and screaming and refusing to cooperate with police, with students and staff witnessing, Darien Police said.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, at  approximately 2:30 p.m., Darien Police and the Darien High School school resource officer responded to the Darien High School traffic loop to a report of a car accident. Police noted in their report that high school students are dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

The SRO was the first to arrive at the vehicle, which had jumped the curb on the south side of the traffic loop and come to rest against the guardrail. The operator and passenger were found unconscious and the vehicle still in “drive,” police said.  The vehicle was placed in Park by the SRO, and both occupants were roused after some difficulty.

Officers noted that both occupants had bloodshot, glassy eyes and their speech was slurred. Neither occupant remembered any details of the incident, police said. As the driver, later identified as Nordin Farez, spoke, the officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person. Two cans of “Budweiser” beer were observed in the center console, police said. Darien EMS Post 53 responded to the scene as a precaution, but both occupants were uncooperative with being evaluated medically. Neither complained of any injuries, police said.

When officers asked the Farez to submit to standardized field sobriety testing, he refused, citing a medical issue. When informed that he was under arrest for driving under the influence, Farez became resistant requiring two officers to assist the arresting officer in placing him in handcuffs, police said. Farez continued to be uncooperative after being handcuffed by lying on the ground, refusing to stand, and screaming, according to Darien Police officers.

During this time, officers noted the presence of students and staff of the high school in relatively close proximity due to the recent dismissal of school. After several failed attempts, officers were finally able to get Farez into the back of the patrol vehicle and transported to headquarters. At headquarters, Farez continued to be resistant, Darien Police said. Upon routine search, Darien Police said two white pills identified as Klonopin were found in Farez’s wallet. Farez indicated they were prescribed to him, but was unable to provide any proof, police said.

Farez, who police said lives on Ritch Ave., Stamford, refused breathalyzer testing at headquarters.

He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, interfering with an office, reckless endangerment, illegal storage of a narcotic and possession of narcotics.

Farez was released at 7:15 p.m. after posting a $500 bond, and is due in Stamford court on  Sept. 17.