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Wednesday, February 21 News

Darien man arrested twice in two days

DARIEN — A 58-year-old Darien man was arrested twice in two days: once for an alleged assault and again for allegedly contacting a protected party from his earlier arrest.

Police received a report of the alleged assault Jan. 20 around 1:10 a.m. and arrived to break up the fight. One of the involved parties, James Ward, seemed drunk and incoherent. Police said they could smell alcohol on his breath.

The victim told police Ward attacked them after the victim attempted to wake up the Darien man. Ward had been asleep on the couch when the victim got home and was asleep for about 20 to 30 minutes. Ward’s glasses fell off his head when the victim tried to wake him up and he became upset, punching the victim several times and pushing the victim.

A witness told police Ward had consumed a lot of alcohol that day. Ward said he drank a bottle of vodka and police later found the empty bottle. Based on how much he had to drink, Ward was taken to Stamford Hospital. He was later issued a misdemeanor summons for disorderly conduct and release on a promise to appear in Stamford Superior Court Jan. 22.

One of Ward’s conditions of release was that he not contact the protected parties. However, on Jan. 21 at 11:26 a.m., Ward called one of the protected parties for a ride home from the hospital. Ward became belligerent and began cursing when told he should not contact the protected party.

Police said they later found Ward walking on the Post Road. He was taken into custody and charged with violation of conditions of release. He was unable to post the $10,000 bond and was taken to court the next day.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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