A Westport man was charged Tuesday with risk of injury to a child when he was spotted driving through the Compo Beach parking lot, and apparently allowing his 10-year-old child -- who was seated on his lap -- to steer the car.

Tore Nag, 56, of West Branch Road, was seen by a beach goer as he drove through the crowded lot with the child sitting on his lap. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, according to police, who added the child was at additional risk because of the proximity of the vehicle's airbag, which could have injured the youngster if deployed at such close range.

Allowing the child to steer a car through the area, which had a "high volume" of pedestrians at the time, posed the risk of potential injuries to others, police said.

Nag's bond was set at $500, and he is scheduled to appear in Aug. 13 in Bridgeport Superior Court.