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Darien Coach Resigns To Focus On Health After Norwalk Arrest

Christian Garnett
Christian Garnett Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Stamford resident charged in the assault of a Norwalk police officer in 2013 has resigned as the Darien lacrosse and football coach to focus in rehabilitating from his injuries, according to the Darien News.

Christian Garnett, 32, said he suffered a stage-three concussion and an orbital fracture that required surgery as a result of the altercation with the officer. Garnett also claims he is in occupational and physical therapy due to the injuries, the Darien News reported. 

Garnett was arrested in late October 2013 after Norwalk police pulled him over for driving a car that was missing a tire.

Police suspected Garnett of being intoxicated and attempted to perform a field sobriety test. When Garnett was informed he would be arrested he allegedly balled up his fists and began to swing his arms at the officers, according to the police report. 

Police were able to pin Garnett to the ground, but he allegedly continued to resist even after officers used tasters on him. Officers struck the suspect in the face and on his side in an effort to subdue him as well, the police report said. 

A subsequent search of Garnett's car found a metal grinder, two pipes with marijuana residue in them as well as syringes and insulin. 

Garnett was charged with assault on a police officer, interfering with police, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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