FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A 21-year-old Easton man was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 19, after he crashed his 2001 Toyota sedan into an AT&T pole on Congress Street in Fairfield before fleeing the scene by running across a golf course, police said.
At 9:21 p.m. Tuesday, Nicholas Smith ran his car into a telephone pole near a sharp turn, breaking the pole clean in half and leaving just the wires to support the upper half of the pole, police said.
Smith told officers that he attempted to call his mother after the crash, but was unable to get her help and then left the scene on foot, police said.
His car was found resting against the pole with the horn blaring, with his car still inside, police said. Fairfield police, fire and K-9 swept the area Tuesday night searching for the suspect but were unable to locate him, police said.
After locating Smith at his Easton home Wednesday morning, officers determined that Smith had fled across the golf course and flagged down a woman driving a red SUV on a nearby road for a ride home, police said.
When officers attempted to contact Smith by phone at his home, he falsely identified himself as his father, police said. However, officers were persistent and eventually the suspect gave himself up when officers arrived at his home, police said.
According to police reports, Smith said he had no one to call for help and left the scene because he is "afraid of police."
Smith has been charged with failure to drive right and evading responsibility, police said.
He was released on $50 cash bond at the scene and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 2.
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