An intoxicated, 25-year-old Norwalk man left the scene of one car accident and caused another one when he rammed a Norwalk Police patrol car a short distance away, police said.
Norwalk police gave this account of the incident:
At 4:24 a.m. Sunday, police were called to Veterans Park, where a driver said a gray Honda Civic had left the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
A police officer saw a gray car with a damaged tire and signaled with lights and siren for it to stop. The vehicle kept going for about 100 yards before it came to a halt at the intersection of Seaview Avenue and Fort Point Street.
In order to prevent the driver from driving off again, the officer parked the patrol car in front of the gray car.
But the driver, later identified as Juan Sarmiento-Arizaga of Ridge Street, rammed the patrol car, damaging the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
When the police officer opened the door of the gray vehicle, which had heavy front-end damage and a blown-out front tire, the odor of alcohol came from Sarmiento-Arizaga.
Sarmiento-Arizaga was treated at Norwalk Hospital. He was charged with disobeying the signal of a police officer, interfering with a police officer and criminal attempt at assault on a police officer. He was initially held on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Oct. 7 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.