Man charged with drunkenly hitting pedestrian, fleeing

A Bridgeport man is facing several charges after he allegedly hit a person with his car a short distance from his house, seriously injuring them.

BridgeportPolice were called to the 400 Goldenrod Avenue in the northern part of the city just before 5 p.m. Thursday and found a man suffering from a serious injury to his right leg. They also saw a broken side mirror from a car in the street near him.

Witnesses and neighbors told officers the man had been hit by a Pontiac Grand Am that had left the scene, but that was parked in front of a house just down the street. They told police the drive of the car had gone into the house.

Officers found the car parked with its rear partially sticking out into the road and its right front side against a snowbank along the street. They checked the house and knocked on the door, but no one answered. Police then found a side door on the house that was ajar and went inside.

The police announced their presence and heard noises coming from the upstairs and asked the suspect, 45-year-old Robert Webb, to come down. Webb did, but police said he kept losing his balance and that his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his breath smelling strongly of alcohol.

As Webb was walked out of the house, his mother–who owns the house and the Pontiac–walked up and reportedly said to him, “Have you been drinking again?”

Webb  allegedly failed several sobriety tests at the scene and had a blood alcohol content of .15 in two tests by police. Connecticut’s legal limit for driving is .08.

Webb was charged with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, avoiding responsibility in operating a motor vehicle, evading responsibility and causing serious injury, operating under the influence and reckless driving.

Wes Duplantier