Darien police arrested Dritan Hoti, 44, on Dec. 19 on multiple active warrants including a felony charge from Suffolk County, New York. Officers conducted surveillance of his Old Kings Highway South home after determining that he had three active warrants for failure to appear in court and an extraditable charge from Suffolk County.

Police saw Hoti enter a car with another person at 9:30 a.m. and conducted a traffic stop near Corbin Drive and Old Kings Highway South. Hoti was a passenger in the vehicle and was immediately detained for the outstanding warrants.

At the scene, Hoti told police he had purchased the vehicle he was in and replaced the license plate with one from another vehicle he owned. He allegedly admitted that the vehicle was not properly registered and could not provide insurance for it. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the driver was issued a verbal warning for driving without a license.

The three outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear were all stemming from previous motor vehicle charges. Two of the warrants were from the Darien Police Department, and the third was from the New Canaan Police Department. The fugitive from justice warrant was related to a charge of grand larceny.

Hoti was processed and issued a court set bond of $500,000. Hoti remained in the custody of the Darien Police Department and was arraigned at Stamford Superior Court the next day.