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Cops: Man Abandons Burning Motorcycle in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – A Stamford man was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and other violations in Westport on Friday night after police were called to a motorcycle fire, police said.

When officers and firefighters responded to 111 Saugatuck Ave., witnesses said the motorcyclist, later identified as David Lionetti, left on foot. He was later located about two-blocks away from the fire, according to the police report.

Lionetti, 26, told officers he was riding south on I-95 when the motorcycle started to smoke, so he got off at Exit 17. When he did, he removed the license plate from the bike and called a friend to pick him up, the police report states. The partially charred license plate, found in Lionetti’s backpack, did not belong to that motorcycle, police said.

Lionetti was additionally charged with misuse of plates and third-degree criminal mischief. He was released after posting $15,000 bond and is due in court April 30.

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