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Passing unmarked cop car leads to reckless driving charge

Published 3:39 pm, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Paul C. Orwicz, 46, of 1483 Ponus Ridge Road, New Canaan, was arrested Aug. 28 on charges of reckless driving, improper passing and disobeying officer signal.

A police officer driving an unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe on Wahackme Road at about 9 p.m. looked at his rearview mirror and saw a yellow McLaren following him very closely, according to police.

As the officer continued driving at the posted 30-mph speed limit, he noticed Orwicz driving over the double yellow line and eventually passing the police vehicle, the report stated.

The officer activated his lights and stopped the car near Bayberry Road, police said. The officer then radioed the plate number to police and right before leaving the vehicle to speak to the operator, Orwicz took off at a high rate of speed toward Weed Street, according to the report.

Since police had the suspect's information, the officer did not chase Orwicz but instead headed to his Ponus Ridge Road home along with officers, police said.

As he was taken into custody, Orwicz said "taking off was a stupid decision" but he said he "didn't understand why the officers were at his house because he didn't kill anyone or damage any property," according to the report.

He was released on a $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court date Sept. 8.