BRISTOL — On Feb. 9 at 11:24 p.m., a Bristol police officer responded to Hatch 31, a bar and restaurant on the east end of Main Street, for a report of an intoxicated man who was causing a disturbance and threatening to “let bullets fly.”
The officer was assisted on the scene by Vermont State troopers from the New Haven barracks.
Law enforcement found the man standing on the sidewalk in front of the establishment in an agitated state and determined that he had gotten into a verbal dispute with his ex-girlfriend, who was also at the bar. The man would not call anyone for a ride and told the officers to “just take me to jail.” Because of concerns for the man’s safety (the outside temperature was 3 degrees F and police said the man was not making rational decisions), law enforcement took the man to the Howard Center’s Act One detox center in Burlington, where he was denied entry.
The man was then transported to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.278 percent; for the sake of comparison the legal BAC for driving is 0.08.
Between Feb. 2 and Feb. 12, Bristol police conducted two town-contracted traffic patrols, covering Lincoln Road and Route 116. Police issued one ticket for a stop sign violation.
Between Feb. 2 to Feb. 12, Bristol police completed fingerprints for five individuals as part of background checks for participation in school-related functions within the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. Bristol police conducted security checks at Mount Abraham Union High School on Feb. 7, 6, 8, 11 and 12. No problems were noted.
In other activity Feb. 2-12, Bristol police:
• Conducted a welfare check on an elderly Basin Street resident on Feb. 6. The U.S. Postal Service notified police that the resident had not retrieved mail from the mailbox for some time. Police tried the residence and got no answer, and then located a family member who told them that the subject was safe.
• Helped a family adjust the child restraint system in their car on Feb. 6.
• Took in narcotic medication for disposal on Feb. 6.
• Attended a five-hour technology training in Waterbury on Feb. 7.
• Worked out of Bristol Elementary School on Feb. 7. The officer met with Principal Robinson to discuss a student issue reported to police earlier and continued work on a cooperative effort with MAUHS to form a safety patrol. The officer also visited with students passing from lunch and recess.
• Ticketed and had towed a vehicle parked on Main Street in violation of the winter parking ban on Feb. 8 at 12:13 a.m.
• Assisted an MAUHS student who had been receiving unwanted phone messages on Feb. 9.
• Responded to MAUHS where two students were reportedly noncompliant with staff and needed to be removed on Feb. 9. Both students returned to class and became compliant either when notified police had been called or upon arrival of the Bristol officer.
• Attended a meeting with MAUHS staff and county service providers to work with a student and family on truancy issues on Feb. 9. Neither the parent nor child appeared at the meeting. Truancy action was requested.
• Attended a three-and-a-half hour training on mental health and restraint topics on Feb. 9. The officer attended on his/her own unpaid time.
• Worked out of Bristol Elementary interacting with students and staff in the lunchroom, hallways and classroom, on Feb. 10.
• Provided security for an MAUHS boys’ basketball game on Feb. 10.
• Received a report on Feb. 10 from a driver who said that he/she struck a parked car in the MAUHS parking lot.
• An off-duty officer found a purse that had been left at a town function on Feb. 10. Police contacted the owner and made arrangements to return the purse.
• Advised the owner of a vehicle that had been towed from the parking lot between Rite Aid and Shaw’s that the lot is private and that, as posted, vehicles left overnight may be towed, on Feb. 11.
• Ticketed and had towed a vehicle parked in violation of the winter parking ban on West Street in front of Howden Hall on Feb. 12.