NEW CANAAN — A 36-year-old New Canaan man was charged after he drove into a utility pole downtown in the middle of the afternoon, police said.
On Dec. 2 around 2:20 p.m., multiple people saw Michael Holland drive onto the sidewalk and crash into a utility pole while traveling northbound on Forest Street. Witnesses told police Holland got out of his car, looked at the damage and then drove away.
The witnesses provided photos of Holland’s license plate, as well as photos of him leaving the scene, to police. Officers used them to find Holland at his Smith Ridge Road home. When officers responded, they saw a black Jeep Wrangler in the driveway with damage that matched the photos from the accident. When speaking with Holland, officers said he seemed drunk and would not get up off the couch and go outside as the officers asked. He pulled his arms away when officers tried to handcuff him.
Eventually, he was handcuffed and taken into custody on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Holland was brought to police headquarters where he was also charged with evading responsibility and failure to drive right. He posted a $5,000 bond and will appear in court Dec. 14.