Darien police stopped a 40-year-old Norwalk man for driving a stolen motor vehicle leading to charges for larceny and driving with a suspended license. At about 10 a.m. on July 12 a police license plate scanner identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen in May 2017. The patrolling officers attempted to stop the car on Hoyt Street but it made an abrupt turn onto Phillips Lane before pulling into a driveway.

Officers identified the driver as Terrence Parker, 40, of Norwalk. As the vehicle was reported stolen, police immediately ordered Parker out of the car, handcuffed him and placed him in the rear of their patrol car. Parker allegedly told police that the car belonged to his cousin’s girlfriend, but the vehicle was confirmed stolen from Newark, New Jersey. Parker was then placed under arrest.

According to police Parker said he had just picked up the vehicle from a repair garage in Stamford at 7:30 a.m. He said his cousin had given him permission to use the car and he had no idea why it would have been reported stolen. When asked why he had pulled onto Phillips Lane, he said he was looking for an specific home to give an estimate for rubbish removal. Police contacted Parker’s supervisor who said he had not sent Parker to to give an estimate and that he should have been at a Courtland Avenue address in Stamford.

While checking Parker’s background police discovered that his license was suspended and he had an active warrant for a hit and run incident in New Canaan. At police headquarters Parker again said his cousin had given him permission to drive the vehicle, but the original owner said he was not related to Parker and had not seen the car since May.

Police found a prescription bottle belonging to another person in the car, whom Parker claimed as his brother. When contacted by police this person said they were only an acquaintance of Parker’s, and he had been driving the same car two days prior, contradicting Parker’s story. The person said Parker claimed he was going to purchase the vehicle from his cousin at that time.

Parker was held on $50,000 bond and taken to court the following day, July 13.