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Norwalk man faces reckless endangerment, reckless driving charges

Published 9:45 am, Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Darien police arrested a Norwalk man on Dec. 3 on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of disobeying the signal of an officer after a warrant was issued for his arrest last month.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in which police said William Henneberry, 33, of 48 Rowayton Woods Drive, Norwalk, nearly struck an officer on traffic duty.

According to the report, two Darien officers were assigned to a special traffic detail at the intersection of Post Road and Leroy Avenue while a new gas line was being installed on the Post Road.

The right eastbound lane was closed off and properly marked with advance traffic warning signs and traffic cones, and both officers were in uniform and clearly identifiable as police officers, according to the report.

Police said one of the officers stopped the lead vehicle traveling eastbound and observed a silver Toyota Sienna minivan attempting to drive around the stopped vehicle. While engaged in this maneuver, the operator, Henneberry, was sounding his horn, according to police.

Police said the officer approached the minivan in an attempt to speak with the driver while signaling for him to remain stopped. Henneberry ignored the signal and abruptly sped off continuing to travel eastbound on the Post Road, according to police.

As Henneberry sped up, the officer had to jump backward to avoid being struck by the vehicle, according to police. Police said the officer then yelled to the second officer a few hundred feet away to stop the vehicle. The second officer, according to police, raised both hands signaling him to stop, but Henneberry drove around the officer and sped off at a high rate of speed up Leroy Avenue.

Through information supplied by a Darien officer who had prior dealings with Henneberry, police began investigating him. Police learned Henneberry's mother owned a 2008 Toyota Sienna and that Henneberry was employed by a company located at Thorndal Circle in Darien, according to police.

Henneberry posted a $5,000 bond and has a scheduled court date of Dec. 13.