A Bridgeport man is facing multiple motor vehicle charges after refusing to stop for a Darien officer on Jan. 11. An officer patroling Heights Road at about 10 p.m. that night saw a vehicle travelling east with heavy front end damage and no headlights. The officer followed the vehicle onto Noroton Avenue and Hecker Avenue and observed it picking up speed at he followed.

The officer activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not comply. It began passing other vehicles in the oncoming lane of Hecker Avenue and went onto I-95 North with the officer in pursuit. At this point the officer decided to stop following for safety reasons, but he did manage to record the vehicle’s license plate and identify the owner based on its registration.

The owner of the vehicle was not at the home, but police eventually reached him via phone. The owner, Benjamin Nieves, 36, of Bridgeport, told officers that the vehicle had been disabled as the fuel pump was broken, and therefore that his was not the vehicle in question.

Nieves later came to Darien headquarters attempted to show pictures from a security camera of his vehicle being in the driveway of his home. The officer stated that the vehicle in the photos was the one he had attempted to stop, and noted that the vehicle appeared to be in different locations at different times in the pictures. Nieves told officers he had pushed it around the driveway to gain access to a garage.

Nieves then stated a friend of his may have taken the car, and contacted that individual. Officers spoke with the friend, who initially stated he had the car but was not in Darien. After more questioning, the friend told Officers that he didn’t have the vehicle and was simply attempting to help Nieves by saying he did.

Based on their investigation, officers placed Nieves under arrest for the reckless driving, disobeying an officer’s signal and failure to illuminate headlights. He was processed and released on a $15,000 bond with a court date of Jan. 23 in Stamford.