'I Have a Huge Problem With Authority,' Man Tells Cops
Connecticut resident charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
A Connecticut man who eventually needed to be restrained with leg irons admitted to police he has a "huge problem with authority" after arguing with a bouncer who wouldn't let him into a DeHart Street bar and fighting with officers, Morristown Police said.
Richard Vincenzi, 24, of Norwalk, Conn., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault to a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest July 28 shortly before 1 a.m.
Officer Brian LaBarre was flagged down by the doorman of Tashmoo when an allegedly intoxicated Vincenzi kept trying to get inside the bar despite the doorman's insistence he was not welcome, according to the officer's report.
When LaBarre arrived, Vincenzi was yelling expletives to the doorman and was told by the officer to stop, police said. Vincenzi then calmed down for the moment, according to the report.
The doorman and owner at Tashmoo both told police that Vincenzi had tried to force his way past the doorman and into the bar, at one point telling the doorman he was going to fight him, according to the report.
While LaBarre spoke with the Tashmoo employees, Vincenzi began to yell and curse again, prompting the officer to tell him to stop, according to the report. LaBarre asked Vincenzi for identification, and Vincenzi gave him a U.S. Passport, telling the officer he had no grounds on which to speak to him, according to the report.
Vincenzi later demanded the officer return his passport, telling officers he was going to leave immediately, police said. The commotion caused a group of people to gather, police said.
A friend told LaBarre that Vincenzi had "a huge problem with authority," according to the report.
After being told to remain calm, Vincenzi reiterated his friend's statement.
"That's right, I have a huge problem with authority," Vincenzi said, according to the report.
As more of Vincenzi's friends gathered, he began to walk away, police said. LaBarre then attempted to place Vincenzi under arrest, but he pushed the officer in the chest, police said.
Several officers attempted to restrain Vincenzi, who continued to resist, as police tried to handcuff him, according to the report. Three officers were able to get the handcuffs on Vincenzi, police said.
After having trouble getting Vincenzi into the patrol car and to the Morristown Police Station, Officer Eric Petr had to remove him from the car, according to the report. Once outside, Vincenzi kicked backward, striking Petr in the leg, according to the report.
None of the officers were injured, according to the report.
Once inside the station, Vincenzi appeared to be calming down and Petr began to walk away, police said. But Vincenzi jumped up and took several steps toward Petr, prompting officers to also place Vincenzi in leg irons, according to the report.
Vincenzi was eventually placed in a holding cell and started to calm down, according to reports. Vincenzo later began vomiting and was transported to Morristown Medical Center, where he was turned over to hospital staff.
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