BENNINGTON -- Police said an intoxicated man dialed 911 twice Friday evening, declined assistance both times, and then became confrontational when police responded to investigate.
Police Lt. Lloyd Dean reported the first call occurred Friday at 5:50 p.m., when Bennington Rescue responded to a residence on Grant Street. They said Brian Moffitt, 36, called 911 reporting he needed emergency medical assistance.
Upon the arrival of an ambulance, Moffitt was not at his residence. He was located by police a short time later walking along Benmont Avenue, where he denied calling 911 or needing medical assistance.
At 6:30 p.m., police said Moffitt called 911 a second time, stating he needed an ambulance to bring him to the hospital for a different medical issue. Upon the arrival of Bennington Rescue, Moffitt told EMTs that he "never called 911 and didn’t know why they were there," Dean reported in the written release.
Police responded to the residence to investigate, and found Moffitt on the porch. Police said he was intoxicated and became confrontational with officers, threatening to assault Officer Andrew Hunt and denying he ever called for emergency services.
Dean said Moffitt was taken into custody for making a false report of an emergency, at which time he became combative and began kicking at officers as they attempted to secure him inside the rear of the police vehicle. Dean said Moffitt kicked Cpl. James Gulley in the legs and then in the hand, causing pain. Moffitt was then sprayed with pepper spray to "gain compliance." Once inside the police vehicle, Moffitt began kicking the back window of the car attempting to break the glass, at which time officers again used pepper spray. He was brought to the police department without further incident and decontaminated.
Police said Moffitt was found to be on conditions of release from Rutland Criminal Court from a 2011 arrest. He was held on $5,000 cash bail following Friday’s incident and remanded to Marble Valley Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.
Moffitt is expected to appear in court today, Monday, July 9, on charges of two counts of making a false report of an emergency and one count each of false information to law enforcement, disorderly conduct, assault on a law enforcement officer, and contempt of court.
-- Zeke Wright