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Saturday, February 17 News

Cops: Man confronts liquor store, restaurant managers in parking dispute

A 26-year-old man from the town's Southport section was arrested Thursday evening after a dispute over parking.

Michael G. Carter, of Juniper Lane, was charged breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Carter parked his car in the lot at Harry Wines and Liquor, 2094 Post Road, around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and then walked across the street toward Geronimo's, a new restaurant at the opposite corner of Post and North Pine Creek roads, police said.

The manager of Harry's came out and told Carter that if he was not patronizing one of the businesses in the shopping center, he must move his car. At first, according to the report, Carter ignored the store manager. He was again asked to move his car, and then cursed at the manager, police said.

Carter proceed to enter the restaurant, with the liquor store manager following him. After Harry's manager discussed the issue with the Geronimo's manager, the restaurant manager also told Carter he needed to move his car, police said.

Carter started cursing at him, and walked outside, police said. On the sidewalk outside the restaurant, Carter began shoving the liquor store manager, according to the report, and also pushed the restaurant's manager when he tried to intervene.

Carter then got in his car and drove off, but was stopped by an officer a short distance away, police said. He refused to roll down his car window, and then intially refused to get out of the car, police said, before being charged.

He was released on a promise to appear March 20 in Bridgeport Superior Court.