Man Crashes Truck into Stanwich Rd Utility Pole; Blames Girlfriend

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Mark J. Verrastro. Photo, courtesy Greenwich Police

On Friday night a car crash into a utility pole on Stanwich Rd was compounded by a lie.

Just after 11:00pm on Nov. 14 Greenwich Police responded to a report of a car accident in the area of Stanwich Rd and Montgomery Ln.

Upon arrival at the intersection, police discovered an abandoned red Ford F-150 pickup with heavy damage.  Investigation revealed that the pickup struck a utility pole and the operator had fled on foot.

A male subject, later identified as Mark J. Verrastro, 33, of New Milford, called 911 to report that his girlfriend had gotten into an accident with his truck.

However, further investigation at Verrastro’s residence, 187 Stanwich Rd, revealed that he falsely reported that his girlfriend was the driver, and that he was actually the operator of the pickup truck involved in the collision before he fled on foot.

Also, police determined Verrastro’s Connecticut driver’s license had been suspended. Investigation revealed the crash into the utility pole was caused when Verrastro unsafely maneuvered his vehicle to the right while traveling north on Stanwich Rd.

Verrastro was placed under arrest and charged with Interfering With A Police Officer, Evading Responsibility, Unsafe Movement and Operating Under A Suspended License. He was released after posting $250 bond and has a date in Stamford Superior Court on Nov. 24.