NORWALK, Conn. -- A 63-year-old city man was arrested while panhandling on the interstate Friday afternoon, according to police.
Officers observed a male Friday at around 3:30 p.m. they reportedly recognized as Leroy Williams, panhandling on the Interstate 95 southbound Exit 17, said police.
Police asked him to leave the area, according to police.
Williams appeared to comply. He gathered his belongings, and walked from the exit ramp into the intersection of Saugatuck Avenue, said police.
He reportedly then stopped in the middle of the intersection and began screaming that the officers were racist, according to police.
Williams was asked to get out of the roadway and he refused, police said.
The intersection was reportedly congested with traffic, and while Williams stood in the roadway, southbound traffic was unable to pass and northbound traffic had to swerve to avoid hitting him, according to police.
Williams was asked to get out of the roadway and he allegedly refused, said police.
The officers told Williams if he did not move, he would be arrested, said police.
He reportedly did not move out of the roadway and continued to yell at the officers, saying they were racist, according to police.
Williams was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and reckless use of the highway, police said.
He is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday.
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