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Bethel Police / Arrests: Include Car Ramming, and Irate Glass-Throwing Customer at Meeting House Pub

Report by Paula Antolini
November 29, 2016 11:40AM EDT

 

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Photo: Arrested, Richard Gilbert.

 

Bethel Police / Arrests: Include Car Ramming, and Irate Glass-Throwing Customer at Meeting House Pub

November arrests by Bethel Police Department:

Richard Gilbert, 49, white, of 102 Crystal Lake Rd., Middletown, CT, was arrested on 11-28-16 at 9:55 a.m. at 50 Maple Ave. and charged with Operating Under the Influence 14-221a, Criminal Mischief 1st 53a-115, and Disorderly Conduct 53a-182.

Bethel Police responded to 50 Maple Ave on a report of a person ramming one vehicle repeatedly into another vehicle. Upon arrival Richard Gilbert was located in his vehicle and another unoccupied vehicle was found with extensive damage. An investigation revealed that Gilbert had driven a vehicle belonging to another party, and used it as a ram without that party’s permission in order to free his own vehicle which had become stuck on a bush on the property the night before. Gilbert was given standardized field sobriety tests which he failed and arrested on the above charges. He was later released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court at 10:00 am on December 9, 2016.

 

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James Willsey, 51, white, of 56 Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel, CT, was arrested on 11-26-16 at 11:51 p.m. at 34 Stony Hill Rd. and charged with Breach of Peace 53a-181 and Criminal Mischief 3rd 53a-117

Bethel Police responded to the Meeting House Pub on Stony Hill Rd in Bethel on a report of an irate customer. The customer was later identified as James Willsey and an investigation determined that he became angry with staff after his wife’s credit card, which was used to secure a bar tab, could not be located. It was not determined if the card was lost by staff, given to another customer in Willsey’s group in error, or returned to Willsey’s wife and misplaced. Willsey went into the manager’s private office uninvited and screamed profanities which were captured on a 911 call placed by the manager. Willsey also reportedly took a drinking glass off a desk in the office and threw it at the manager injuring his leg and breaking the glass. Willsey was released on a promise to appear in Danbury Superior Court at 10:00 am on December 6, 2016.