BENNINGTON -- Police said a Pawlet man who was attempting to summon a ride by standing in the middle of the road became irate, kicked a cop, and damaged police property after being taken into custody.
Mark R. Ricketts Jr., 29, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of aggravated assault on a police officer, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful mischief, violating release conditions, and two counts of disorderly conduct. He posted a $2,500 deposit on a $25,000 bail bond and was released under the conditions he abide by a 24-hour curfew except to check in at the Manchester Police Department on a daily basis.
According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Cpl. James Blanchard, on Saturday at 6:33 p.m. police were sent to the area of Tennis Way in East Dorset for a man "rolling around" on Route 7A, a road with a 50 mph speed limit.
Blanchard found Ricketts, apparently intoxicated, standing in the middle of the northbound lane. Ricketts said he had consumed two and a half beers before going to work at 4:30 p.m. and leaving at 6 p.m. He told police he had recently left jail and feared going back.
Ricketts became upset with police and threatened them so he was taken into custody and placed in a room where he threw a chair at a door and kicked a wall. He caused about $64 in damage to a door, outlet cover, cell phone charger, and floor. When Blanchard went to calm Ricketts down, he kicked Blanchard in the leg.
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