Former Darien Coach Applies For Diversionary Programs In Norwalk Arrest

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Christian Garnett, 32, was charged with assault on a police officer and driving under the influence Oct. 31 by Norwalk Police.
Christian Garnett, 32, was charged with assault on a police officer and driving under the influence Oct. 31 by Norwalk Police. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

DARIEN, Conn. -- Former Dairen lacrosse and football coach Christian Garnett has applied for several diversionary programs in an effort to have the charges dropped that were brought against him after his arrest in Norwalk in October, according to TheHour.com. 

Garnett, 32, applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation, the Drug Education Program and the Alcohol Education Program. If accepted into the programs, he would be required to take educational courses and may have to volunteer for community service. Garnett would also be required to attend a drunken driving impact panel, TheHour.com reported. 

Garnett, a Stamford resident, was pulled over by Norwalk officers in October after they observed him driving a vehicle without a tire, according to police reports. When an officer informed Garnett that he would be arrested, he became violent, according to a Norwalk Police report. 

Officers used physical force and Tasers in an effort to subdue Garnett, police said. 

Garnett resigned his coaching positions at Darien High school in February as a result of his injuries. His attorney said his resignation was so he could focus on rehabilitation and recovery. 

Garnett's attorney has said the application for diversionary programs does not suggest his client is admitting guilt. The Stamford resident filed a civilian complaint against the Norwalk Police officers involved, but they were later cleared of any wrongdoing, according to TheHour.com. 

Prosecutors will determine Garnett's eligibility for the diversionary programs at his next court date, which is scheduled for Monday, May 12, thehour.com said. 

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The no good cops that did this should be in jail.