A Darien patrol officer who spoke with a 31-year-old Shelton man seen driving into a train station at 2:30 a.m. later arrested him on drug possession charges and on a warrant issued by Shelton police.
Darien police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the incident, which occurred on Thursday, Aug. 1:
The officer saw a Ford Explorer drive into the Noroton Heights train station and saw the man, Matthew Berans, go to the platform on the westbound (toward New York) side of the tracks. Ten minutes later, an eastbound train pulled into the station and left.
The officer approached Berans and started talking with him during what became a 45-minute encounter before Berans was arrested.
He said he was at the station waiting for his girlfriend, who he said lives in Darien. Later, he admitted that he made up that story and that he was at the train station to gather metal from the track area to sell as scrap.
In Berans sport utility vehicle the officer found syringes that tested positive for heroin and a plastic straw that tested positive for cocaine. A records check revealed that the man was wanted by Shelton police on a larceny charge.
Berans, of Country Place in Shelton, was charged with interfering with an officer (by making misleading statements), two counts of possession of narcotics and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held on a $10,000 and is scheduled to appear Monday in state Superior Court in Stamford.