FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield man was charged with assault on a police officer after fighting with police during an arrest for motor vehicle charges early Tuesday, according to police reports.
Public Works employees reported a car abandoned in the middle of Saxonwood Road with heavy front-end damage during the snowstorm early Tuesday, police say. A trail of footprints led from the car to a home on Saxonwood, according to the police report.
Benjamin Carlson, 27, of Fairfield, told police he had been driving the car and had struck a tree earlier that night, police say. He would not tell police where the accident occurred, and investigators were not able to find the site of the crash, according to the accident report.
Police placed Carlson under arrest relating to a misdemeanor evading responsibility charge, according to police reports. During the struggle, he attempted to kick and head-butt the arresting officers and spit in the face of one of the officers, police say. He was then charged with assault on a police officer, a felony, and interfering with police, a misdemeanor. He was held on $25,000 bond and is due in court March 27.
Carlson was later taken to the hospital for treatment for a bruise and a minor cut to his face, according to the report. Officers were not sure whether the injuries occurred during the car accident or during the arrest, police say. The incident was still under investigation.