Man Charged With Trying To Stop Traffic In Darien

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Darien police said that Jason Rosenthal, 22, of New York, was standing in the road and trying to stop traffic with a broomstick.
Darien police said that Jason Rosenthal, 22, of New York, was standing in the road and trying to stop traffic with a broomstick. Photo Credit: File Photo

DARIEN, Conn. -- A New York man was arrested in Darien after police said he was seen trying to stop traffic with a broomstick.

Jason Rosenthal, 22, of New York, was arrested on Friday, May 9, and charged with breach of peace and reckless use of a highway by a pedestrian. He posted a $500 bond and will appear in court on Monday, May 19.

Police said that a lieutenant spotted Rosenthal standing in the roadway on West Avenue near the entrance to Tilly Pond Park early Friday morning. Rosenthal was holding out a broomstick as if trying to stop traffic, and one car had stopped in front of him and was trying to turn around, according to police reports.

When police approached Rosenthal, he yelled, "Oh thank God," according to police reports. He was asked why he was trying to stop traffic, to which he responded, "What would you do?"

Police said Rosenthal appeared to be intoxicated. He told police that he had gone to a concert somewhere in Connecticut and was trying to get home when he got lost, according to police reports. Police said he couldn't explain how he got to Darien. He was subsequently taken into custody.

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