Vergennes Police Log: Combative man receives citations
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued several citations to a Weybridge man and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility after a Saturday evening incident in which they allege he was less than cooperative and less than sober.
Police cited Patrick R. Coyle, 41, for disorderly conduct, assault on an officer with bodily fluids, resisting arrest and unlawful mischief.
Police said an employee of the City Limits nightclub flagged down an officer driving by after the establishment had refused Coyle entry, an act that apparently angered Coyle, who police learned had already been arguing with a female acquaintance.
In interacting with law enforcement, police said Coyle used obscene and threatening language and offered to fight them, spit on an officer, would not comply with requests to calm down and cooperate, and broke a mirror on a city police cruiser while police attempted to take him into custody.
In other incidents between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11, Vergennes police:
• On Aug. 29 took a report that a $30 gold chain, a lottery ticket and $5 of change were stolen from a car parked on Sunset Drive.
• On Aug. 30 were told up to $700 of clothes and hiking equipment had been taken from a car parked on South Maple Street.
• On Aug. 30 conducted patrols related to the Aug. 29 and 30 car break-ins and spoke to a suspect; police said there have been no cars entered since.
• On Aug. 31 dealt with a fender-bender on Armory Lane.
• On Aug. 31 went to South Maple Street twice to deal with an intoxicated resident. On the first visit, he agreed to ride with a friend to the University of Vermont Medical Center. The second time, police said he was belligerent, and police took him to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility and said he could face disorderly conduct charges.
On Sept. 3, police cited the same resident, William P. Harrington, 64, for driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense, test refusal; assaulting a police officer; and failing to honor a stop sign. Harrington was again taken to the jail in South Burlington.
• On Aug. 31 checked out a tip received by John Graham Shelter personnel that a resident was wanted for murder, and determined it was a false report.
• On Sept. 1 handled a two-car accident on Green Street with moderate damage to the vehicles.
• On Sept. 1 responded to a West Main Street complaint, and had the renter of a U-Haul move it so as not to block traffic.
• On Sept. 1 began investigating the theft of $720 from a Main Street apartment.
• On Sept. 1 told a vagrant he could not pitch a tent near the railroad tracks not far from the American Legion clubhouse.
• On Sept. 1 spoke to the parents of a young driver seen speeding through an intersection without stopping.
• On Sept. 3 helped Vermont State Police by going to Ferrisburgh and helping a confused elderly driver with directions, and by responding to a one-car rollover accident on Shellhouse Mountain Road.
• On Sept. 3 told the owner of a car parked in a Walker Avenue handicap parking spot to move it.
• On Sept. 4 head a complaint that a resident’s Facebook account had been hacked and false, slanderous material posted about him on it.
• On Sept. 4 helped state police by going to Arnold Bay Road in Panton and dealing with a one-car accident.
• On Sept. 6 tried to find a woman in Waltham at the request of Williston VSP, but could not.
• On Sept. 6 referred to the Attorney General’s Office a report from a local jeweler about an online check-cashing scam.
• On Sept. 6 took a complaint from a South Maple Street resident that an office chair had been dumped on his lawn. Police took the chair and are using it in the city station.
• On Sept. 6 heard from a woman that she had three times nearly been hit by cars while walking on South Water Street sidewalks; police said they stepped up patrols in the area.
• On Sept. 7 were told graffiti had been written on the inside of a portable toilet in Falls Park.
• On Sept. 7 cited Alex Coyle, 22, of Ferrisburgh for driving 80 miles in a 50 mph Route 7 zone.
• On Sept. 7 helped grandparents find children involved in a custody dispute after their mother, a Vergennes resident, overdosed on heroin. Police learned the children were with their father in Middlebury and put the grandparents in touch with police there.
• On Sept. 7 helped American Legion employees persuade a drunken member to leave.
• On Sept. 8 calmed a Main Street resident who had smashed his car’s windshield after a verbal dispute with his girlfriend.
• On Sept. 8 advised a Cataract Street resident unhappy with a custody sharing arrangement to go to Family Court.
• On Sept. 8 checked the welfare of a Comfort Hill resident, who was found to be OK.
• On Sept. 9 sent the department canine unit to back up state police at an Addison traffic stop, where they arrested a man wanted for felony assault.
• On Sept. 10 took a report of an attempted check-cashing scam from a local jeweler who does business online.
• On Sept. 10 helped state police deal with a drunken man at a New Haven home.
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