Accident leads to DUI arrest
Updated 6:18 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Police arrested one man following an accident April 13 and are seeking a warrant for the arrest of his passenger.
Uran Berisha, 23, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive right when he struck two cars as he made a right turn onto Chambers Street. He struck two cars that were waiting at the red light on Chambers.
As police began to question Berisha about the accident, another man came up to them and said he was a friend of Berisha’s and had called Berisha’s parents. He asked to talk to Berisha, but police said no. The man said he was not in the car at the time of the accident.
During the investigation, a witness told police a man got out of Berisha’s car, carrying a backpack, and stashed it behind the ice machine at Cumberland Farms. Police found the backpack and inside it they found cocaine, a grinder and a small scale.
According to the report, Berisha gave police the name of his passenger, and Berisha’s parents, once on the scene, gave police the friend’s phone number.
While at police headquarters, the friend called Berisha via Facetime but hung up when he realized Berisha was still in police custody. Reviewing security video, police confirmed the man who approached them at the accident scene was indeed Berisha’s passenger. They saw him on the video with a backpack walk toward the ice machine. When he came back into view, he did not have the backpack. At one point, he is seen talking to officer, and then he walked back to the ice machine. When the officer goes to the ice machine, the man quickly walks away.
Fairfield police contacted their counterparts in Trumbull, who said the man has had multiple contacts with police there, including domestic violence, narcotics and assault. Police are seeking a warrant for the 20-year-old Trumbull resident’s arrest.
Berisha, who lives on Intervale Road, also in Trumbull, was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on April 22.