A Westchester man faces charges in Fairfield County after allegedly fighting with an Uber driver then leaving the car with a child at night in a storm, said police.
Officers in Westport were called to Lyons Plains Road near Coleytown Road around 8:44 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, on a reported disturbance, according to police.
Initial reports were that a man and a young child were seen walking in the roadway toward a wooded area, in complete darkness, and during a thunderstorm, according to police.
When they arrived, police interviewed several people. Although reportedly not forthcoming with much information, officers learned that John Joyce had been a passenger in a Uber vehicle in which some type of verbal altercation had allegedly occurred, police said.
This reportedly prompted Joyce to abruptly exit the vehicle with his child and begin walking away from it, leaving behind the other passengers that had been in his company, according to police.
Secondary witnesses allegedly observed Joyce walking and provided statements to the responding officer on the scene, said police.
Officers reportedly suspected Joyce of being highly intoxicated based on alleged physical clues that he exhibited, according to police.
When interviewed, Joyce explained that he had attended a party at a private residence in Westport and at one point suggested to officers that he believed he was walking on a street near his home in Rye, said police.
Although it was reportedly apparent that there had been a verbal altercation that preceded him exiting the vehicle, Joyce would not disclose the details of that argument, according to police.
It was however reportedly believed that Joyce’s actions had unnecessarily placed the child in a dangerous situation, police said.
Joyce was ultimately taken into custody and charged with violations of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace.
Bond for these charges was set at $500, which Joyce was able to post, police said.
His arraignment was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19 at Norwalk Superior Court.
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