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PD: City Man Pepper Sprayed After Drunken Display at Liquor Store

Connecticut State Police say a 47-year-old Middletown resident showed up at Terry's Packaged Store, caused a disturbance and struggled with a trooper.

PD: City Man Pepper Sprayed After Drunken Display at Liquor Store

A 47-year-old Middletown man who walked into a Haddam liquor store and created a scene while intoxicated had to be subdued with capsicum spray after he struggled with a state trooper, according to the report.

Jan. 3 at 7:06 p.m., Connecticut State Police Troop F in Westbrook was called about Benjamin P. Smith, 47, of Fowler Avenue, Middletown, who was at Terry's Package Store in Higganum, causing a disturbance while intoxicated, according to the report. 

He failed sobriety tests and resisted arrests so the trooper used pepper spray to subdue him as he continued to struggle, according to police. He was belligerent and yelled obscenities at officers while in custody, police say.

He was charged with disobeying an officer's signal, driving while under the influence or drugs or alcohol, interfering with an officer and breach of peace. Smith was released from custody on a promise to appear and is due back in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

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