Monroe Police: Fender bender angers bystander

MONROE, CT — Two drivers pulled into the commercial parking lot at 494 Main St. after a minor fender bender on Route 25 Monday night, when a man standing in a parking lot across the street allegedly began to yell at one of them, a 28-year-old Southbury woman, when she got out of her vehicle to assess the damage.

She later told police the man shouted expletives at her and told her she can’t drive during the altercation, which occurred around 7:30 p.m.

When she told him to mind his own business, he allegedly yelled back at her and ran toward her, crossing the four-lane-highway of Route 25.

The startled woman quickly got back into her vehicle, locked the doors and closed the windows before the man pulled on a door handle multiple times while trying to enter her car, according to police.

He allegedly punched the driver’s side mirror, causing damage, then hit the back window of the victim’s vehicle.

Police said the woman left the scene and called 911 from a different parking lot. From the description she gave, police tracked down the suspect, a 30-year-old Bridgeport man.

He initially gave officers a false name, before they positively identified him from his driver’s license, according to police.

Asked what happened, he told officers “the lady stopped for no reason and caused the accident,” the report said. The man said he went over to ensure the other driver was okay, adding he wanted to talk to the Southbury woman. He reportedly denied ever swearing at her, insisting he only spoke to her through her open car window.

Asked about the damage to her mirror, he said, “I don’t know, maybe she clipped me when she left,” according to police. When an officer asked directly if he was hit by her vehicle, he reportedly said, “I don’t know. I’m not hurt.”

Police said the man denied punching the mirror and windows and told officers he only got involved because he didn’t like how the Southbury driver spoke to the other driver.

He was issued a misdemeanor summons for second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief, then released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 28.

It’s just TikTok

An employee of Cumberland Farms, 455 Main St., called police early Tuesday morning, after two young men, who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, took something from the store, then gave it back, reportedly telling her they were filming a prank TikTok video to show how easy it is to steal things.

They reportedly told her they had no intention of leaving the property with stolen merchandise.

The teens had already left by the time officers responding to the call arrived, around 3 a.m. The employee does not believe anything was taken, police said, adding she said she would follow up in the morning if anything was caught on camera.

A domestic incident

A 60-year-old Monroe man was charged with disorderly conduct, three counts of violation of a criminal protective order and risk of injury to a child following a domestic incident at a home on Verna Road late Tuesday night.

He was held on $25,000 bond, arraigned Thursday and remanded to the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

At approximately 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a complaint at the Verna Road home.

The suspect reportedly drank alcohol and listened to loud music in the basement around 8 p.m. when a female family member called downstairs asking him to turn it down.

Police said he came upstairs to yell at her and she told him to leave the house and calm down. Then he allegedly picked up a highchair and threw it at another juvenile, though the chair did not hit the victim or break, according to the report.

He was sitting inside a 2018 Dodge Journey outside the house when police arrived and allegedly became aggressive and noncompliant with officers who asked him to exit the vehicle.

Police said a juvenile, an older sister and a mother were home during the incident and two young children were asleep upstairs. There were protective orders barring the suspect from contact with three of the occupants, police said.

Rollover crash

A 17-year-old Monroe female was driving a gray 2010 Lexus RX 350 west on East Village Road Tuesday night when a deer ran out into the road in front of her. To avoid hitting it, she quickly turned the wheel, making her vehicle swerve to the left.

She over-corrected to the right, striking a guardrail, then oversteered to the left, before the Lexus hit a tree and rolled over, police said.

Police said Monroe Emergency Medical Service personnel responding to the accident, which occurred just before 11 p.m., evaluated the driver for possible injuries. Then her mother arrived on the scene and both went to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Police issued the driver an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions.

Town firefighters also responded to the emergency call and Shelton police officers assisted with traffic due to multiple Monroe officers being tied up with other call.

The vehicle was towed due to damage from the crash, which occurred just west of Robin Lane.

Subaru Legacy vs. pole

A Sandy Hook man told police he was driving a silver 2016 Subaru Legacy north on Monroe Turnpike Wednesday afternoon, when a white 2021 Subaru Cross Trek pulled out of a private driveway as its driver turned left and headed south.

The man applied his brakes and swerved to the right to avoid hitting the Cross Trek, before colliding with a utility pole, police said.

The Sandy Hook driver was not injured, but his vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed by AAA, police said.

The driver of the Cross Trek, a 64-year-old Springfield, Mich., man, told police he was exiting a driveway in the 860-block of Route 111, saw the Legacy coming toward him, accelerated and moved out of the vehicle’s way, avoiding a collision as he turned left.

He said he was visiting a home and wasn’t used to the limited line of sight. Police gave him a verbal warning for failure to yield to the right of way from a private driveway.

Firefighters also responded to the scene and Eversource was notified to look at its utility pole.

Tree branch falls on a Mazda

A 42-year-old Monroe man drove west on Cross Hill Road Wednesday afternoon, when he saw a large tree branch falling from the corner of his eye. It struck the windshield of his white 2018 Mazda 3, causing significant damage.

Police said he and his passenger, a 41-year-old Monroe woman, both declined medical treatment from Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel at the scene. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m.

Vandalism of a baseball field

Damage from tire tracks was reported on a baseball field at Great Hollow Lake, 285 Cutlers Farm Road, Thursday afternoon.

Officers met Monroe Parks and Recreation Department staff members who found several tire tracks from the gate at the handicap parking area, leading inward towards the interior of the baseball diamond. Tires then formed circular patterns, which tore up grass, creating more dirt areas, police said.

It will cost an estimated $500 to repair the fields, which includes soil, grass seed and labor, according to the report.

Police said the gate separating the parking lot from the fields had a latch with no lock and the incident appeared to have occurred overnight. There are no witnesses nor evidence of what type of vehicle caused the damage.

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