Farmington Police have arrested a local man on reckless driving, evading responsibility, and driving under the influence charges after he allegedly punched himself in the face, ripped his own shirt, and threw his property into the Farmington River to bolster his story that he’d been assaulted.
Police say Daniel Vagnini, 22, ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed around midnight on Saturday– almost hitting another vehicle. Officers later found Vagnini’s vehicle on Indian Hill Road and heard him in the woods, said authorities.
As police began a canine search for Vagnini, he called 911 to report that he was lost in the woods neath the Farmington River, said police. When he was found, authorities say Vagnini was suffering from minor facial injuries, his shirt was torn, and he reported that his wallet, keys, and ring were missing.
Vagnini told officers he’d been drinking in Hartford and was assaulted as he got into his
car to drive home; he blacked out and when he regained consciousness, he was in the woods, said police.
Police say Vagnini later admitted that he fabricated the story about being assaulted.