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Officers In Westport Attacked By Man Drinking Fuel Additive, Police Say

Cameron Baker
Cameron Baker Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

A Connecticut man who was found walking down the middle of a street drinking liquid fuel additive has been arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring police officers.

The incident took place in Westport on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, when police responded to the area of Center Street on a report of an individual, acting erratically and drinking motor oil. 

Responding officers Cameron Baker, age 20, of New Haven, walking in the middle of Center Street and attempted to engage him in conversation. Baker was actively drinking a liquid, later identified as a liquid fuel additive, and yelling at officers, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police.

Officers began to follow Baker down the street when he began to run while continuing to drink this liquid. Officers caught up with Baker and he immediately began to fight with officers, Woods said.

Woods said that while fighting with the officers, he punched them in their heads causing one officer to fall to the ground and break his wrist. 

Throughout the fight, officers repeatedly gave verbal commands to stop fighting and to comply. Baker referred to officers with derogatory names and made threatening statements concerning officers and their families, police said.

Baker was eventually subdued and ultimately sent to Norwalk Hospital. Warrants were applied for and granted charging him with assaulting a public safety officer and threatening.

Baker was unable to turn himself in until Tuesday, Jan. 17 when he was charged and released on a $50,000 court-set bond with a court date of Thursday, Jan. 26.

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