When a civilian reported on Dec. 31 around 8 a.m. that a 2002 Audi A6 had been abandoned on the side of Pelham Lane, officers responded and learned an accident had occurred two hours earlier.

According to police, responders arrived just as the Audi’s driver, Matthew Mauldin, 17, of 10 Strawberry Ridge Road, Ridgefield, and his father were returning to the scene.

Police learned that the car was eastbound on Pelham when it began to slide. The driver overcorrected the slide and ended up piloting his car into a tree on the right-hand side of the road.

It was reported that Mauldin’s cell phone was broken at the time of the accident, and he was therefore unable to report it himself, police said, so he went to his father’s house in Ridgefield afterward for help.

During the investigation, police observed the odor of alcohol emanating from Mauldin and administered a field sobriety test. However, Mauldin did perform the test to standard and was not charged with DUI.

Police also found the license plate for another vehicle inside Mauldin’s car, and according to them the Audi had been purchased a month before the accident and was not yet registered.

What they didn’t find was proof of insurance, and so Mauldin was arrested ultimately on the charges of evading responsibility, traveling too fast, misuse of registration plate, failure to carry insurance, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. He was scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Jan. 12.