A Lake Havasu City man was arrested in the early hours of July 4 when witnesses allegedly reported that he struck a mailbox with his vehicle on El Dorado Avenue. According to police, witnesses described the vehicle as a white Chevrolet pickup truck, with a flat tire and damage to its passenger-side headlight.
Officers allegedly located the vehicle, identified as that of 31-year-old Ethan L. Stefanski, at a Seneca Lane residence. According to the report, officers knocked on the front door of the residence, which Stefanski answered.
Police say Stefanski appeared to have been visibly injured, and may have struck his head inside his vehicle during an accident. When officers informed Stefanski why they were there, Stefanski allegedly attempted to shut his door. Officers prevented Stefanski from doing so, the report said, and asked him to exit his residence.
Stefanski was allegedly asked if he had just gotten home, to which he replied that he had been at home all day. Stefanski denied having been involved in a hit-and-run accident, the report said, and further told officers he had not driven the truck in nearly four weeks. During his conversation with officers, the report said, officers observed the odor of alcohol on his breath.
When asked for his identification, officers said, Stefanski did not reply. He was allegedly seen reaching into his pockets, and officers told him not to do so, the report said. When officers attempted to restrain Stefanski, he allegedly attempted to struggle.
Stefanski was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail. Throughout the trip, officers said, Stefanski continued to argue that he hadn’t driven his vehicle that evening.
At Lake Havasu City Jail, Stefanski allegedly refused to answer when asked to submit a breath sample to test his blood-alcohol concentration. Officers obtained a warrant to draw Stefanski’s blood, the report said. After his blood was drawn, Stefanski refused to speak with officers further.