A man who claimed he was carjacked and his friend was kidnapped was actually the driver in a serious crash that hospitalized a passenger, according to police.
Police in Hamden said Noel Garcia, who was 21 at the time, was behind the wheel when his car crash into a utility pole on Mather Street back on Sept. 15, 2013.
He and two passengers left the scene and allegedly promised a third passenger that he was calling for help.
When police arrived, they said they found the 21-year-old passenger unconscious and ejected from the vehicle. The victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with extensive injuries, including a broken neck, hip and leg.
About an hour after the crash, police said Garcia filed a report with New Haven police. He told them he was carjacked and dragged from his vehicle by four people. He also claimed the 21-year-old passenger left at the scene was kidnapped.
However, New Haven police, who first responded to the scene, said they found Garcia's cell phone at the crash scene. They also found the unconscious victim there.
Hamden police said they took over the investigation and applied for an arrest warrant for Garcia.
Garcia turned himself in on Aug. 3.
Police said they charged him with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and evading responsibility.
Garcia was detained on a $25,000 court-ordered bond. He's scheduled to face a judge in Meriden on Aug. 17.
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