FARMINGTON, Conn., June 6 (UPI) -- Police in Connecticut said an accused drunken driver allegedly punched himself in the face and tore his shirt to support a bogus story of being assaulted.
Farmington police said an officer witnessed Daniel Vagnini driving through a stop sign about midnight Saturday and the motorist nearly crashed into another car, The Hartford Courant reported Monday.
Investigators said they found Vagnini's car on Indian Hill Road and the suspect called 911 from the nearby woods to report he was lost.
Vagnini told police he was assaulted while getting into his car after a night of drinking in Hartford and he blacked out during the attack. The suspect told police he regained consciousness in the woods.
However, police said Vagnini later admitted he had made up the story. They said he had punched himself in the face, ripped his shirt and tossed his wallet and keys into a river to support his claims.
Vagnini was charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving under the influence.