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Cops: Drunk Man Arrested After Punching Mailbox

Middletown Police say Jason Pinney was angry because his friend had not picked him up and he was forced to walk home.

Middletown Police report the following incidents:

THREATENING — On Dec. 19 at 7:42 p.m., Robert Marino, 43, of Town Place Drive was in the custody of Cromwell Police officers. He was turned over to Middletown police.

THIRD-DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, On Dec. 17 at 10:36 p.m., police saw a suspicious male, Jason Pinney, 31, of Catherine Street, walking on Saybrook Road, stumbling in the roadway appearing intoxicated. As police approached, he was seen punching a home’s mailbox and several pieces fell off it. He told officers he did it because he was very upset after drinking at bars on Main Street. He had called a friend to pick him up and he was very late. The mailbox owner was alerted by police; he told them he had just replaced it and it cost $125. Police say he has a non-extraditable warrant out of California for possession of restricted weapons.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT — On Dec. 16 at 4:42 p.m., Kristina M. Burnham, 22, of Bailey Road was reported to police as having assaulted a victim at a group home. Burnham said the night before the victim had kicked her bedroom door and awoke her, so she pulled the victim’s hair.

EVADING RESPONSIBILTY — On Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., Jason Curtis of Prospect Street turned himself in on an outstanding warrant.

FAILURE TO REGISTER MOTOR VEHICLE, INSURANCE FAILS MINIMUM, IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE — On Dec. 12 at 11:39 a.m., Eric Gidley, 24, of Sand Hill Road was driving a Ford Escort on Newfield Street without a front license plate. Three people got into the car and an officer stopped him at the Citgo Gas Station.

OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT LICENSE, FAILURE TO DRIVE RIGHT, EVADING RESPONSIBILTY AND UNSAFE BACKING On Dec. 11 at 3:55 a.m., police were alerted to a car accident on Pearl Street. The evading driver, Antoine T. Cherry was black and the car was a white sedan with black spoiler, witnesses told police. The driver had struck a parked car then backed up into another parked car. After canvassing, police found a Washington Street Dunkin Donuts employee had a car matching that description. The owner told police a man had borrowed the car to go to the Sunoco gas station for cigarettes. The accused was found at his grandmother’s home on Grand Street. He admitted to hitting the car and putting a bumper in his car and fled because he does not have a license.

DUI, FAILURE TO DRIVE RIGHT — On Dec. 15 at 8:04 p.m., police were alerted that a possible intoxicated person had just driven from Middlesex Hospital on Main Street in a Jeep Cherokee. Police saw Michael Cichon, 30, of Tucittto Road, Portland, driving over the Arrigoni Bridge, swerving over the double-yellow line twice. The officer smelled alcohol on his breath and Cichon admitted to drinking two alcoholic beverages in the last hour. He failed a sobriety test.

EVADING RESPONSIBILITY, OPERATION UNREGISTERED VEHICLE — On Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., William Bartolotta, 29, Newfield Street turned himself in on an outstanding warrant.

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