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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Camp Pickup Ends with DWI, Disorderly Conduct Arrest

A 55-year-old Westport man faces drunk driving and disorderly conduct charges after he went to Camp Mahackeno to pick up his daughter and got into a shoving match with a counselor, police said today.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the camp operated by the Westport Weston Family Y, said Capt. Sam Arciola, and involved Gerard R. Gaspel of 15 Partrick Lane.

He was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and two counts of breach of peace, police said. He posted $1,000 bond and was given a court date of July 8.

Police were called to Camp Mahackeno on a report of a disturbance, Arciola said. He said when camp staff would not release Gaspel’s child to him because he was not on the authorized pick up list, he became unruly, Arciola said.

“Gaspel began shoving a staff member and then grabbed him by the neck,” he said. “Officers on scene spoke with Gaspel and detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.”

Arciola said Gaspel failed the field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. Breath test alcohol level results were .133 and .129, which is over the legal limit of .08, according to police.


Posted 06/30/11 at 12:29 PM  Permalink


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Hurray to the staff for protecting the child!!

The staff at the Y, in particular their director, Jennifer, are fantastic.  I am so happy that their procedures are strong and that they did not release the child to someone not on the list (under a great deal of pressure to do so) and intoxicated to boot! Neither is acceptable.  Good for them!

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Shannon Hanley on June 30, 2011 at 05:20 PM | #

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