9/23/2016 - Arrest Stemming From Serious Motor Vehicle Accident


Date:             September 23, 2016  

Re:                  Arrest Stemming From Serious Motor Vehicle Accident  

Issued by:     Det. Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.



For Immediate Release


          Darien, CT - On August 20, 2016 at approximately 9:30pm, the Darien Police Department responded to a serious motor vehicle accident on Hanson Rd west of Linda Ln.  Upon arrival officers determined that  21 year old James Reilly, of 21 Pleasant St. Darien, was operating a 1999 Chevy Blazer and traveling west on Hanson Rd. In the area of Linda Ln., the vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway, struck a stone wall and collided with a tree causing major damage to the right side of the vehicle.  The damage was so severe that the right front passenger was ejected from the vehicle.  The vehicle then careened across both lanes of Hanson Rd. striking a second tree on the shoulder of the eastbound lane where it ultimately came to rest. 

The ejected passenger was transported to Stamford Hospital with very serious injuries.  It was determined that a rear seat passenger suffered facial injuries and also required transport to the hospital. 


The Darien Police Accident Investigation Team (A.I.T.) was called to the scene and conducted an extensive investigation.  Over the next several weeks, the A.I.T. secured a search warrant for Reilly’s medical records and was able to determine that his Blood Alcohol Content was significantly over the legal limit the night he crashed his vehicle.  A warrant for Reilly’s arrest was then applied for and granted by the Honorable Judge Grogins of the Stamford Superior Court. 


After learning that there was a warrant for his arrest, Reilly turned himself in at Darien Police Headquarters this morning.  He was charged with the following:


·         2 Counts of Assault 2nd With a Motor Vehicle

·         D.W.I.

·         Reckless Operation of a Vehicle

·         Improper Turn


Reilly posted a court ordered $35,000.00 cash bond, was released, and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on October 3, 2016 at 10:00am. 


Issued 1530 hours.