Thea Digiammerino

Middletown Woman Accused of Hitting Westport Parks Employee With Her Car

A Middletown woman is accused of hitting a Westport Parks and Recreation employee with her car and striking a police officer with a car door in two separate incidents in Westport Sunday.

Police said 34-year-old Jacqueline Bracht faces charges of interfering with an officer, sixth-degree larceny and reckless driving after two incidents Sunday afternoon.

The first happened around 1:30 p.m. According to police, Bracht was driving the wrong way on Soundview Drive, near Compo Beach, when a Parks and Recreation employee tried to stop her and turn her around. According to the report, Bracht stopped her car for a moment, then accelerated and hit the employee as she drove off. The victim declined medical attention and was able to give police a description of the suspect vehicle.

Later, around 3 p.m., officers were called to Black Duck Café for a report of a woman failing to pay her cab fare. When officers arrived they found the woman, later identified as Bracht, inside the cab and offered to drive her back to her vehicle. Police said that when they got there, they realized the car matched the description of the suspect vehicle from the earlier call.

According to police, Bracht became uncooperative and hit an officer with her car door. Officers moved her to the back of a patrol car, where she began pushing on the car windows with her feet.

Bracht was arrested and charged in both incidents. She was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on April 17.

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