Alleged panhandler accused of blocking traffic
WESTPORT — A Norwalk man allegedly yelled at police officers, calling them racist, and blocked a busy intersection after being asked to leave the Interstate 95 off-ramp where he was panhandling, police said.
Police said Westport officers asked Leroy Williams to leave the Exit 17 ramp where they saw him panhandling on the afternoon of Nov. 18.
The 63-year-old began to gather his things and leave but then stopped in the middle of Saugatuck Avenue at the intersection with the ramp, began to scream that the officers were racist and refused to get out of the busy street, police said. He was blocking some traffic and causing other cars to swerve, according to police.
Williams, a resident of South Main Street in Norwalk, was arrested after refusing multiple requests and failing to heed warnings, police said.
Another man was arrested on similar charges in July at the same I-95 exit ramp after he refused to comply with multiple police warnings not to panhandle there.
Williams was held on $500 bond ahead of a Nov. 25 court date.