GREENWICH — The past has come back to haunt a Greenwich man accused of driving under the influence.

Police arrested Vincent Arias, 46, on Jan. 17 and charged him with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to drive in the proper lane, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension.

But his arrest led police to discover previous charges from close to 22 years ago that Arias allegedly had never answered for in court.

Police determined there is an existing warrant for his arrest in Bridgeport stemming from a Feb. 1998 arrest for driving under the influence. Arias allegedly did not make a court date that had been assigned for him in that case and the matter has remained open for more than two decades.

Arias was arrested on that warrant and charged with second-degree failure to appear.

He posted a $5,000 bond for his Greenwich charge and is due in Stamford Superior Court on Jan. 31, police said. For the 1998 case, Arias posted a $500 bond and is also due in court on Jan. 31, this time in Bridgeport.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com