A Darien man was charged with disorderly conduct and violation of a protection order following a domestic incident on Jan. 20. Police responded to a home just after 1 a.m. on a report of an assault in progress.

Officers separated two parties at the scene, one of whom said they were attacked by James Ward, 58. According to police, Ward showed signs of intoxication and was incoherent and irritable. The victim said that Ward had been passed out when they arrived and had been asleep for about 20 or 30 minutes before they attempted to wake him.

Ward’s glasses fell off his head when they attempted to rouse him, leading him to become upset. The victim said Ward pushed and punched them several times. A third party at the scene told police that Ward had been drinking a substantial amount of alcohol, which Ward admitted to. Officers found an empty bottle of vodka at the scene.

Due to his level of intoxication Ward was transported to the hospital and issued a misdemeanor summons for disorderly conduct. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 22 and was ordered not to return to the home or contact the parties involved in the domestic dispute.

However, following his discharge from the hospital Ward attempted to contact one of those protected parties for a ride home from Stamford Hospital. When the person declined and said Ward was not supposed to contact them, Ward allegedly became belligerent and used profanity.

Police found Ward walking on Post Road later in the day and charged him with violating the protective order. He was taken into custody and held on $10,000 bond before being arraigned in court the following day.