A Bayside, N.Y., man, whose license to drive in Connecticut was suspended indefinitely in 1992, was arrested after he rear-ended a car at a stop sign and then fled the scene Tuesday afternoon, police said.

John McGuire, 43, was charged with interfering with an officer, following too closely, evading responsibility and driving under suspension. He was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Aug. 19 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

The other motorist called police to report that she was headed south on Jennings Road, and stopped at the stop sign at Lover's Lane when she was struck from behind, according to the report. The other driver, she told police, pulled around her and drove off. However, she was able to supply police with the license plate of the striking vehicle, which was traced to an Oakwood Drive address in town.

Police went to Oakwood Drive and found the Toyota Prius with heavy front-end damage and an engine still warm to the touch. McGuire said he had been driving the car, but denied being in an accident. He said he first noticed the car's damage when he got home.