Fairfield man charged with leaving scene of Westport crash

A Fairfield man was charged last week with leaving the scene of a crash on nearby Beachside Avenue in Westport.

John Watkins, 27, of Mountain Laurel Road, turned himself in Sept. 30 at Westport police headquarters on a warrant charging him with evading responsibility and failure to drive right.

The incident, police said, took place Aug. 15 when police were told that a vehicle had driven off Beachside Avenue, causing property damage. The driver, however, left the scene before officers arrived, according to the report.

Westport police later asked Fairfield officers to try to contact the suspect, identified as Watkins, but were unable to do so. Watkins did contact Westport police until the following day, according to the report.

Bond was set at $7,500 and he is scheduled to appear Oct. 13 at state Superior Court in Norwalk.