Emergency crews at the scene of the February three-car crash on Post Road West, which police said was caused by a man driving under the influence of narcotics. / File photo, Westport Fire Department
Peter DiDonato / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A 30-year-old man, who police said was driving under the influence of “narcotics,” has been charged with causing a three-car crash on Post Road West that sent him and another driver to the hospital.

Peter DiDonato, of Stamford, was formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Police received a report of an accident involving three vehicles on Post Road West about 7 a.m. Feb. 3.

At the accident scene near 317 Post Road West, officers determined that a Honda Civic traveling west had crossed the road’s center line and struck a Subaru driving east, according to the report.  

The impact of that collision forced the Subaru to strike a third car.  

The driver of the Honda, identified by police as DiDonato, as well as the Subaru’s driver, were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

“There were indications that Mr. DiDonato was under the influence of narcotics,” according to the report, and the investigating officer was granted a search warrant to obtain a copy of his blood-test results.

The toxicology report, police said, indicated DiDonato was driving under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident.  

A warrant for DiDonato’s arrest subsequently was issued, and he was taken into custody by police May 17.

He was released after posting $5,000 bond, and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges May 27 at state Superior Court in Stamford.