North Carolina man struck tree outside Westport YMCA

December 6, 2018

WESTPORT — A Charlotte, North Carolina, man fled after striking a tree and car with his tractor-trailer outside the Westport Weston Family YMCA, police said.

On Nov. 29, officers dispatched to the YMCA on report of a car accident. The investigating officer learned a tractor-trailer struck a tree, a sign post, and an unoccupied car, dragging the car out of its parking space before leaving the scene, police said.

Surveillance cameras on the property captured a partial registration plate of the suspected vehicle, whose information was put out over to the radio to local officers and the Connecticut State Police, police said.

Shortly thereafter, state police notified Westport that a trailer matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was stuck under an overpass on the Merritt Parkway south of Exit 40.

A Westport officer responded to the location and identified the operator as Christopher Alexander. The trailer operated by Alexander was also identified as the one involved in the crash, police said.

Alexander, 43, was charged with evading responsibility resulting in property damage or injury. He was held on $500 bond and transported to the State Superior Court of Norwalk on Nov. 30 for arraignment.

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