WESTPORT — In an attempt to dodge a drunk-driving charge, a Trumbull man claimed he had been kidnapped, police said.
Around 3:15 a.m. June 16, officers responded to a car accident on Cross Highway. Officers located an unoccupied, upside-down vehicle, which they determined belonged to Stephen Moran. They searched the area and found Moran, injured, walking nearby.
Moran told officers a man broke into his home, knocked him out, kidnapped him, and stole his vehicle. Officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on Moran’s breath and a search warrant for his blood results later showed his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit during the incident.
Westport and Trumbull detectives worked in conjunction to determine Moran fabricated his kidnapping story. On Oct. 13, officers issued an arrest warrant for Moran, who turned himself in Nov. 14.
Moran was charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, evading responsibility, interfering with an officer, and second-degree falsely reporting an incident. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court Nov. 27.