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Drunk Man Denied Bar Entry, Argues With Officers, Cops Say

Hunterdon County resident charged with defiant trespassing the night of annual Santa pub crawl.

A Hunterdon County man police described as "highly intoxicated" chest-bumped an officer when he was denied entry into a Morristown bar while the annual Santa pub crawl was going on last weekend, police said.

Colin Hayes, 21, of Califon, was arrested and charged with defiant trespassing shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 22. According to a police report filed by officer Joseph Heuneman, several officers were on foot patrol in the area of Grasshopper off the Green, which was more crowded than usual because of the Santa Pub Crawl VII.

Heuneman noticed a man, later identified as Hayes (it was not indicated in the report if he was a participant in the bar crawl or not), who appeared "highly intoxicated" as he attempted to gain access to the bar, according to the report.

When the bouncer denied him access due to his alleged intoxication level, Hayes got argumentative and threatened to "sue him," according to the report.

One of Hayes' friends apologized for his friends' behavior and said he would take care of him. The two left the area without incident, according to the report.

Officers concluded their foot patrol but were contacted shortly after by the bouncer who said Hayes had returned and was being disruptive, according to the report.

The officers returned to the bar entrance and told Hayes he needed to leave, according to the report. Hayes refused and allegedly chest-bumped Heuneman when the officer attempted to escort him away from the bar, the report said. Hayes also allegedly yelled at the officer, telling him he didn't have to leave, according to the report.

Hayes was placed under arrest and continued not to cooperate with police at police headquarters, demanding to see his lawyer, according to the report.

An additional officer was called in to assist and Hayes remained defiant, saying "don't touch me" and refusing to be processed or searched until his lawyer was present, according to the report.

Officers placed Hayes in a jail cell without being processed, the report said. Hayes then screamed for his lawyer and at one point, viewed on the police security camera, wrapped one of his hands in an entire roll of toilet paper like a boxing glove and began hitting the cell bars with it, according to the report.

He was later released into the custody of a relative.

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clyde donovan December 31, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Any pub crawl is nothing more than an excuse for public drunkenness, with the chance for violence as exemplified in this report.
schabadoo December 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Increased patronage of local small businesses is something we all can agree is a good thing, right?
motown green December 31, 2012 at 08:17 PM
not when the tax paying residents have to cover the cost for extra police! plus, these losers don't come back to "shop morristown" - they shop the mall. they just come to morristown to drink. bar closing time should change to 1 am.
schabadoo December 31, 2012 at 08:29 PM
How much did extra police cost? There's no mention of it in the article.
The Mud Lady December 31, 2012 at 10:46 PM
What do you expect? There's always an idiot or two at a bar crawl. I have nothing against drinking, but an event like this just begs for drunken morons like this.
Edd Flammer January 01, 2013 at 08:20 AM
THe fines he is going to get hit with pay for the extra cops.. Make no mistake in mo town.. drunken idiots is a profit industry for the town
Motown Resident January 01, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Good point Edd, as horrible as public urination is made out to be, it's a cottage industry that Morristown greatly benefits. I have never wittnessed "the seeing eye" or any other dog walker cleaning up urine. Yet, our town fines people $500 for the offense, chick-ching..................music to the taxpayers ears.
Bonnie Arnold Haynes January 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
What's with the Seeing Eye Dog remark?
Shotbaker1980 January 01, 2013 at 07:57 PM
If by “local small businesses” you mean one of the 20-something bars in Morristown, then the answer’s no. Bars benefit no one other than the people who own them.
Edd Flammer January 01, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Actually everyone benefits from the taxes they and licence fees they pay. Further I have been drawn to town by the bars and often hit the non bar restaurants
Shotbaker1980 January 01, 2013 at 08:02 PM
What does The Seeing Eye have to do with a human being drinking at a Morristown bar and urinating in public? And I don't think talking about what is and isn't a benefit to local taxpayers or the city tax revenue is a conversation that anyone involved with working at or operating a local bar would want to get into.
Shotbaker1980 January 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM
@Edd Flammer: "Everyone benefits" from ltaxes and icensing fees? That's just not true, Edd.
Sick of the trolls January 02, 2013 at 02:11 PM
What's your excuse, "clyde?" Are your posts public drunkenness, is that why they're always combative and angry and filled with insane conspiracy theories? Maybe you should lay off the sauce when you're posting. After all, friends don't let friends comment drunk.
Edd Flammer January 02, 2013 at 04:55 PM
SHot would you prefer more empty storefronts?
Edward france January 02, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I live in Morritown,not Morrris Township. We have the same zip code, share the same public schools and the local public library. Thats it! The taxpaypayers here in Morristown must pay for the second largest police department in Morris County ,even though we are the second smallest town in the County. Much of our police tax dollars are being spent to mantain order and security at these "fun houses" on South st ,Morris Ave,and other locations. I have personally observed people passed out the town sidewalks and our parks. I assume it was alcohol related. It is not a pretty site. Hey, it is ok to have a glass of wine,a few beers, or a shot or two.But what is up with so much over consumption? $$$$$$$$$$? Who is gaining?? The town is losing. These young peoiple are not dumb. But they dont seem to be making good choices. The question is,why should the taxpayers of Morristown have to pay for all of this? No matter where you stand of this issue, it is unfair to the residents of Morristown. The town of Morristown should create a fee on all of the local water holes, to keep up with the cost of police security. Some of the bars think that hiring a few body builders, or ex football players is going to produce good crowd control. That does not seem to be working. The residents of Morristown should consider lobbying the elected officials to take some action!
Joseph M. Davis March 26, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I am more concerned about fed govt sending $500 million US taxpayer money to Palestine than I am about paying for a few extra policemen.
schabadoo March 26, 2013 at 03:12 PM
You seem to have confused the local government and the federal. $20,000 of local spending will likely affect you more than half a billion nationally.
Joseph M. Davis March 26, 2013 at 03:52 PM
How do you figure schabado? Morristown population of 20,000 = $1 per resident. US population of 300,000,000 = $1.70 per resident. Forget the fact that most of them don't pay any taxes.
SockPuppet March 26, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Not easy to pay no taxes, geezer, what with payroll, sales and unemployment taxes. Check with Mitt "Cayman Island" Romney on the details.
schabadoo March 26, 2013 at 05:07 PM
You do seem very confused, almost everyone pays taxes. Go buy gas and you'll pay a number of taxes in one transaction.

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