Pawlet man pleads not guilty to several charges


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.

On Sept. 5, 2013, Ricketts was released from the Rutland criminal court after pleading not guilty to an aggravated domestic assault charge. One of his release conditions was that he not consume alcohol, and this was in effect when he was arrested Saturday.

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