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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Westport Exec Charged in Fairfield School Bus Road Rage Incident

UPDATE A Westport man was charged in Fairfield after he allegedly confronted the driver of a school bus full of young children in a road rage incident, according to Fairfield police.

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James Berrien: former Forbes, Amex executive. Fairfield Police photo

James Berrien, 64, of Sturges Highway was charged Tuesday with breach of peace and disorderly conduct following the Dec. 21 incident, police said. Police said he and the bus driver disagreed over who had the right of way on Morehouse Lane in Fairfield.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Berrien is former president and publisher, Forbes Magazine Group, and president of American Express. He is now a principal in a Westport executive search firm.

Police said he was released on a promise to appear for a court appearance on Feb. 15. The New York Post reported Berrien declined comment and referred callers to his lawyer.

His lawyer, Robert Golger, said Berrien “strongly disagrees” with the police report of the incident and “looks forward to his day in court,” according to the Connecticut Post, which first reported the incident.

The Connecticut Post quoted police as saying Berrien terrified more than a dozen elementary school children in the incident.

However, the New York Post quoted police as saying Berrien never threatened or engaged any of the approximately 15 elementary school students on the bus, but spoke directly to the driver.

See the full Connecticut Post report HERE and the New York Post report HERE.

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Posted 02/01/17 at 08:26 PM  Permalink



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