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Norwalk man faces numerous charges

Moises O. Morales, 37, of 24 Strawberry Hill, Norwalk, was arrested Dec. 5 on charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to drive a reasonable distance, operating under a suspended license, using a motor vehicle without the owner's permission, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia after an accident on Leroy Avenue.

He also was arrested at the same time on two Stamford warrants, according to Darien police.

While driving on Leroy Avenue just after 5 p.m., Morales rear-ended a car that was at the intersection of Leroy and West avenues, police said.

The responding officer detected an odor of alcohol and observed that Morales' eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred, police said. He told police he had consumed several Coronas before getting into the vehicle, according to the report. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed, police said.

Additionally, a clear tube with a burnt end was found on Morales, police said. The pipe, according to police, is used to smoke crack cocaine, which Morales admitted to smoking earlier in the day. A urine sample was submitted to state toxicology lab for testing; the results positive for cocaine.

Police said Morales did not own the car he was driving nor was the owner aware he was using it. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage in the accident and was towed from the scene. State Police Troop G was also notified because the same vehicle had been in an accident on I-95 earlier in the day, police said.

As for the two Stamford arrest warrants, police said they were for charges of failure to appear and third-degree larceny.

He was released on $2,500 bond for the Darien charges and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 20. He was released to Stamford police.

In Stamford, he was charged with second-degree larceny and seven counts of forgery. He was held in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Stamford police say the family of an elderly man reported in early 2008 that seven checks had been stolen and forged for a $4,200. When police checked out the allegation, they were able to determined that Morales was working for a landscaping company that had done some work for the older man at the time the checks were taken. Police then determined that Morales had deposited the seven forged checks into his own bank account, police said.

By the time police found out what Morales had done, he had been fired for stealing $7,000 worth of checks from the landscaping firm, police said. At the time a warrant was signed by a judge for Morales' arrest, but police could not find him.

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