WESTPORT — A Rhode Island man has been charged with assaulting another motorist near the Saugatuck Railroad Station, who he allegedly pursued following a collision on Interstate 95.
Nathan Ocampo, 24 of Providence, R.I., faces a charge of second-degree assault on an elderly person in connection with the incident last month, police said.
Westport officers — alerted about 2 a.m. last Dec. 6 by State Police investigating an accident on the local stretch of I-95 — were told both motorists had left the crash scene, with one of the drivers pursuing the other.
The drivers were later located near parking #2 at the Saugatuck depot, where one man claimed he was assaulted by the driver of the other vehicle.
That second driver was identified by police as Ocampo.
The 68-year-old man, who told police he was assaulted, said he had left the accident scene when Ocampo began yelling at him. He left the highway at Exit 17, and noticed that Ocampo was following him, police said.
The older man pulled into the Saugatuck station’s lot #1, left his car and fled on foot as Ocampo ran after him, according to the report.
The younger man caught up with the fleeing driver near the depot’s other lot, police said, where he allegedly pushed and punched the older man.
Ocampo denied hitting the other man, police said.
However, surveillance footage of the incident later obtained by investigators showed Ocampo “physically assaulting” the other man, according to the police report.
A warrant for Ocampo’s arrest was issued, and he was taken into custody Jan. 9 by Westport detectives.
He was released after posting $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Jan. 19 at state Superior Court in Stamford.