WESTPORT - Not paying a cab fare lead to the arrest of a Middletown woman who is also accused of striking a parks and rec employee and hitting a police officer with a car door.
The incident began at 3 p.m. Sunday when officers went to the Black Duck Café on a report of a woman who left a cab without paying her fare.
“The woman (Jacqueline Bracht, 34) was back inside the cab upon the arrival of officers. Officers provided the woman a ride back to her vehicle, which was parked at Longshore and which she claimed contained her money,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said in a release.
After locating her vehicle, officers saw that it matched the description of a vehicle that struck a Parks and Recreation employee at Compo Beach about 90 minutes earlier.
Cabana said a parks and rec employee had been hanging signs on Soundview Drive when they observed the suspect vehicle traveling the wrong way on the one-way road toward her direction.
“At the same time, several other vehicles were attempting to exit Compo Beach and turn onto Soundview Drive. The employee instructed the vehicles exiting Compo Beach to stop and pull over in order to avoid an accident. When the employee attempted to stop the operator to inform her she was driving the wrong way, the vehicle initially stopped, but then accelerated and left as the employee approached the car,” Cabana said.
“As the vehicle left, it struck the victim’s leg. The victim declined medical attention and was able to provide the investigating officer the registration number of the suspect vehicle.”
Once Bracht and police were at her vehicle, “she became agitated, uncooperative” and refused to provide her identification.
“While attempting to sit in her vehicle, the woman struck one of the officers with her car door. She was handcuffed and placed in the rear of a patrol car while officers searched for her identification,” Cabana said.
“While officers were searching for the woman’s license, she began pushing on the windows of the patrol vehicle with her feet.”
She was then taken to police headquarters and charged with reckless driving, interfering with a police officer and sixth-degree larceny.
Bracht is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on April 17.