Reckless Driving Arrest

- FILE - Hamden Police (WTNH)

Hamden, Conn. (WTNH) – Police have arrested a  man for a car accident that happened back in 2013.

On September 15, 2013, shortly after 3:30a.m., Hamden Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Mather Street. Police say the vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. A 21-year-old passenger of a car was ejected from the vehicle and had to be rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital with extensive injuries, including a broken neck, hip and leg. Police say there wree 2 other passengers in the vehicle driven by Noel Garcia.  But the story gets a little complicated. 

Garcia and the two passengers allegedly told the 21 year-old injured party at the time of the accident on Sept 15, 2013, that they would call for help.  Approximately an hour thereafter, Garcia filed a report with the New Haven Police Department stating that he was “carjacked” and dragged from his vehicle by 4 individuals. He further stated that the 21 year-old was kidnapped.

New Haven Police attempted to locate Garcia’s cell phone and determined that it was at the crash site. New Haven officers responded to Mather Street and located the unconscious victim.  New Haven Police subsequently contacted Hamden Police, who continued the investigation.

Officer Stephen Phipps submitted an arrest warrant application to the court for Noel Garcia. The arrest warrant application was approved by the court.

On August 3rd Hamden Police arrested Noel Garcia, who had turned himself in. Garcia, 23, of  Hamden was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving and Evading Responsibility. Garcia, who was detained on a $25,000.00 court ordered bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on August 17th.

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