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Police: DUI, Hit-and-Run Suspect’s Vehicle Ends Up in Ditch

Officers arrested an Arlington, Virginia woman for operating under the influence and evading responsibility after she hit another vehicle in a parking lot and drove to Norwalk where she wound up in a ditch, police said today.

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Mary Baker: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Norwalk Police located the vehicle driven by Mary Baker, 30, in the ditch on Cottonwood Chase Road Thursday, said Westport officers who arrived at the scene.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident unfolded Thursday around 8:30 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of a local restaurant. The witness was able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle, she said.

“The department also received multiple calls reporting erratic operation by the same vehicle,” Cabana said. “One complainant followed the suspect vehicle into Norwalk, and Norwalk Police located the vehicle in a ditch on Cottonwood Chase Road.”

Police: Suspect Threatened, Brandished Knife

Officers arrested a Westport man for threatening and disorderly conduct Saturday night after he allegedly brandished a knife while threatening victims, police said today.

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Alec Johnson: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers responded around 8:30 p.m. to the residence upon the report of the disturbance and learned that the suspect, Alec Johnson, 23, of 281 Compo Road South, had shown the knife before leaving the scene.

“No one was injured during the incident,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana, adding that officers later located Johnson at Compo Beach where he was taken into custody Sunday morning.

Johnson was held in lieu of $10,000 bond and was transported to Norwalk Superior Court for his arraignment today.

Flash Fire on Little Fox Lane

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A flash fire caused by a gas leak on the first floor of a house on Little Fox Lane off Red Coat Road today resulted in wall damage. According to Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows, the damage could have been more severe had the owners not promptly called 911. He said the impact, caused by a gas leak pocket buildup, ignited with sufficient force to dislodge the sheet rock. Westport firefighters were assisted by Wilton firefighters at the scene. Meadows reminded all homeowners to call 911 when an unknown odor of gas is detected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police Identify Two More Suspects in Crime Spree

With one suspect in custody, Westport police said today they have identified at least two other suspects — both juveniles — in a recent wave of burglaries, car break-ins, stolen vehicles, and larcenies.

On Friday police arrested Xavier Medel, 19, of Bridgeport, and charged him for his involvement in a Dec. 23 burglary at a Sandhopper Trail address, said Lt. Jillian Cabana. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

“With the assistance of the community, patrol officers and detectives worked tirelessly over the holidays to link Medel to additional crimes committed in Westport,” Cabana said.

Westport investigators were also able to identify two juvenile suspects, both 17-year-old males from Norwalk and determined they were involved in six residential burglaries, 14 motor vehicle break-ins, two stolen cars and numerous larcenies, police said.

Ready for First Light

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Kate Mozier-TIchy of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) gets set today to sell First Light buttons to New Year’s Eve celebrants. The WHS stepped up to offer games, carriage rides, a bonfire and other activities following the cancellation of Westport’s First Night. With rain in the forecast, some of the activities were moved up, including the Veterans Green bonfire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo