Cops: Stamford Man Punched Horn-Honking Car

The man allegedly struck a vehicle with his fist and then drove away from the scene.


A 59-year-old Stamford man was arrested following a road-rage incident in which he allegedly punched the vehicle of someone honking a horn at him, police said Tuesday.

Richard Early, of Crystal Lake Rd., was exiting the Ridgeway Shopping Center on Summer Street when police said someone began honking at him. Early allegedly exited his vehicle and began going car-to-car down the line behind him asking who had beeped, police said. 

When Early finally found the culprit, police said he allegedly punched the vehicle, leaving a dent in the door, then returned to his own vehicle as the light turned green and drove away.

The man whose car he allegedly struck followed Early to another parking lot and attempted to block him in after calling authorities, police said. Early was able to maneuver around the blockade, but police were able to track down Early's address after receiving his license plate information.

Upon arriving at Early's home, he allegedly told officers to leave as they had no jurisdiction over him because the incident in question occurred on private property.

Early was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace. He was released on a $500 bond.


Other Arrests

Brendan G. Reeves, 31, of Washington Blvd., was charged Tuesday morning with evading responsibility in a motor vehicle while causing property damage or injury and failure to carry the proper operating license for allegely striking a pedestrian in a cross walk at Washington Blvd. and Main St. with his vehicle and then driving away.

Jeffrey Maldonado, 23, of Revere Dr., was charged Monday evening with with evading responsibility in a motor vehicle while causing property damage or injury, intefering with police/resisting, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influenceof drugs or alcohol and two-counts failure toobey traffic control signals.

Richard Early October 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Check your facts son. My name was there; you could have called me before publishing. This was his road rage, not mine. He was not beeping at me, but at the world in general, because he was stuck in traffic. He began shouting obscenities when I asked him to stop. The alleged punch of the car occurred at that point. He followed me for a mile or so from Ridgeway, tailgating me, and did block me in at the UPS store in Bulls Head. No accident, no injuries, no simple road rage. I'm pissed at all the people that lean on their horns for no reason, when traffic is JAMMED, and make Stamford a louder less pleasant place to work and live.
Richard Early October 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM
The incident wasn't road rage; you might call it horn rage. And there were no police on the scene who could give you anything but hearsay, and guess who the hearsay came from.
George October 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
But Richard - they had no jurisdiction over you since the incident occurred on private party. You should have beaten up the honking motorist as well since the police can't arrest you for that either. That is, as long as the beating up occurred on private property. Heck, why not destroy his whole car while you're at it?
Richard Early October 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
George, if you believe what the police said I said, then what you said makes sense . But ..... What I was talking about with the officer was an incident many years ago where a woman collided with my car, which was parked on the premises of a 7-11 gas station, and argued that I should get a ticket because I was not within the marked space. The officer declined, because they do not enforce parking on private property. I was in the store at the time. She paid for the damage to my car. George, Please don't believe everything you read, especially when it's double hearsay like everything that happened in Ridgeway. I would normally ask you to support the concept of stopping people from honking when there is no danger, just to let off steam, but it sounds like you may be one of them. Stamford city ordinance imposes a $90 fine for using a horn when there is no danger. I have no problem at all with a couple of beeps if someone didn't see the green light, but leaning on a truck horn is a nuisance, in the legal sense. And the shouting of obscenities didn't help the situation. Rewmember, no police were at the scene at the time - it's his word against mine as to what happened. I'm just praying to have an understanding judge.
George October 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
So you don't deny that you are guilty of vandalism, you are just saying that it was justified because there was unnecessary honking going on? And you hope the judge is another individual who dislikes unnecessary honking and will sympathize with you. Is that justice?
Richard Early October 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM
George, I don't have to deny or admit anything to you and especially not in this forum. My lack of denial means nothing under the fifth amendment. Brush up on your civics 101.
George October 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Good luck sir. You're going to need it.


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