Bridgeport man faces charges after hit-and-run in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — A Bridgeport man is facing charges following a hit-and-run accident in the Hertz parking lot Monday morning.
Ralston Brown, 40, of Harral Avenue, was charged with evading responsibility and interfering with an officer, and held on bonds totaling $2,500. According to the report, Brown is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping with a firearm, and failure to register as a sex offender.
Police said Brown apparently rented a car from Hertz, 720 Post Road. A clerk said a woman driving that rental car in the Hertz lot around 11:30 a.m., and hit a parked car. A man, later identified as Brown, got out of a white work van, spoke to the driver and then got into the car’s passenger seat and they drove off.
A Hertz employee called Brown and asked him to return. Brown did, but the employee said because of Brown’s attitude, she began to fear for her safety and texted her mother, asking her to call the police.
When police arrived, Brown was in the parking lot and began walking toward the Post Road before being stopped by police.
According to the report, Brown’s story was inconsistent, and he said his sister, who was on the bus back to Canada, had been driving the car and he had no way to get in touch with her. Brown allegedly refused to contact anyone who might have his sister’s number, and later said her phone was not working.
Brown also told police he did not know anything about an accident.
He is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on June 13.