A 45-year-old Easton man faces a breach of peace charge after police said he shouted racial slurs at an African-American woman during a dispute over a parking space in a Black Rock Turnpike shopping center Monday.

Kurt Stowell, of Gate Ridge Road, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and released on a promise to appear Jan. 7 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Police said the woman was driving around the shopping center at 1575 Black Rock Turnpike looking for a parking space about 3:49 p.m. Monday and, when one opened up, both she and Stowell drove toward it and nearly collided.

The woman apparently got out of her car, and Stowell responded by yelling the `N-word" at her several times and then drove out of the parking lot and onto Black Rock Turnpike, according to the report.

"She was visibly shaking, upset," said police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier. "She was with younger family members. One of them was a juvenile."

The woman gave police the registration plate number on the car Stowell was driving and local officers, assisted by Easton police, went to Stowell's home. He wasn't home but police were able to speak with him by phone and he said he would be back in an hour, police said. He was arrested at his house, police said.

Police said Stowell admitted to using racial slurs but said the woman had jumped out of her car and he became frightened, police said. He admitted to officers that he was wrong, according to the report.