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Darien High School coach arrested for DUI, assault on officer

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The following photo of Christian Garnett was provided by the Norwalk Police Department. The following photo of Christian Garnett was provided by the Norwalk Police Department.
NORWALK, CT (WFSB) -

A football coach in Darien is accused of driving while intoxicated and then fighting with officers as they attempted to arrest him.

Christian Garnett, who is the Darien High School freshman football and lacrosse coach, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop. 

A female officer stopped Garnett's vehicle because it was missing a tire and the rim was scratching the pavement loudly, police said.

When Garnett pulled over, he allegedly became belligerent with the officer and asked her if he could just go home.

Garnett, who police said reeked of alcohol,  failed two sobriety tests and they didn't even attempt the third.

Police said when the officers attempted to arrest Garnett, he took swings at officers and kicked the female officer in the leg. Officers had to use a stun gun. Further inspection of Garnett's car revealed pipes that had marijuana residue in it.

Garnett was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence, assault on an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and interfering with an officer. He was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 8.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Darien School District to determine Garnett's status, however, the station was not able to reach anyone.

"I would not want that on my record for my kids to see or my fellow coaches to see," said Wilton High School coach Rick Benzing.

Opposing coaches and students were shocked by the news Thursday.

"It was very scary to me because he looked really messed up in that picture," said Sage Thatcher, who is a student at Darien High School.

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