New Canaan Girl, 6, Cycles into Car; No Injuries

Arrest and investigation information is supplied by the New Canaan Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

A 35-year-old town man is accused of lying to police about motor vehicle accidents one day after his arrest on charges in a domestic incident.

New Canaan police say Jason Kempf on March 17 was charged with disorderly conduct and other charges, and that at about 12:34 a.m. the following day he allegedly drove over a traffic island, struck a parked car and denied doing so.

According to Lt. Vincent DeMaio, an individual on Forest Street reported to police that he or she heard a loud crash, and police arriving at the scene noticed that the sideview mirror was missing from Kempf’s Ford F-250 pickup truck.

During questioning, Kempf—who appeared to be intoxicated—became argumentative, DeMaio said. About 30 minutes later, officers saw that shrubbery at the traffic island from Route 123 to the place near where Parade Hill Road and Forest Street meet, at the bottom of Heritage Hill Road, had been damaged, DeMaio said. They also found pieces of Kempf’s vehicle, he said.

In addition to charges stemming from the domestic incident, Kempf was charged with making a false statement to police, evading responsibility and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released on $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear March 30 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Police are encouraging anyone with information on a black Nike drawstring backpack found at 10 a.m. on March 16 at Lakeview Cemetery to call their tip line at 203-594-3544. The worker reportedly opened up the pack and found trace amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including a pipe and grinder.


The owner of New Canaan Gulf in the downtown area or “village” of New Canaan reported to police more than $7,000 in cash and goods losses over “an extended period of time,” DeMaio said. “A suspect has been identified,” he said.


Employees at J. Crew at 24 Elm St. say a white female in her late-20s to early-30s—estimated to be 5-foot-7 and 115 pounds, with brown hair—wearing a black skirt and jacket, stole about $980 in blouses (10 in all), police said. The woman was seen stealing the items and inventory tags were discovered in the store’s dressing room by the manager, police said. The incident was reported two hours after it happened, police said.


Police say residents with any information on a Hispanic male driving an older green boxy vehicle should call their tip line at 203-594-3544. The man is reported on March 16 to have approached two young children in the driveway of a Huckleberry Hill home, asking them if their mom was around. License plate information on his vehicle was not obtained, DeMaio said.


Steven Guynn, 58, of Laurel Road, was arrested on March 17 and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a 911 call following an argument with a complainant.

Guynn was released on $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear March 19 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.


A woman reported to police that at about 2:30 p.m. on March 18 she lost her wallet at or near Food Emporium in the village of New Canaan.

About 90 minutes later, officials say, a white man in his 40s or 50s wearing a black shirt, returned the wallet minus $400 in cash. They’re looking or him.


A 6-year-old girl on her bike collided with a motorist pulling out of the Roger Sherman Inn to Oenoke Ridge Road, police said.

At about 9:59 a.m. on March 18, the New Canaan girl was pedaling south on the road and struck the vehicle, the bike sliding beneath the vehicle. The girl wasn’t hurt and the driver wasn’t charged.

WFG March 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM
"brain hair"?
Michelle Ernst March 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM
The poor girl gets hit by a car and now gets the blame too! The car ran into her, not the other way around.
mary parker March 24, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Where were the parents of the girl? I know there are no sidewalks by Roger Sherman Inn but maybe there should be. But aren't bicycles not allowed on sidewalks in New Canaan? Kind of dangerous if you ask me, to make young kids forced to ride their bikes in the street where it is unsafe when sidewalks are available. Maybe we should install bicycle paths on the roads. Or maybe parents should use better judgement as to where it is safe for their kids to ride bikes. And motorists should pay attention to bicyclists that are heading towards them and not try to be in such a hurry to get to their destination. Thank God she is ok physically but I am sure she isn't mentally.
mary parker March 24, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Since Bikes share the road with cars, don't bicyclists have to obey the same traffic laws as cars do? New Canaan should print those rules for both operators to fallow.


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